The family of a severely disabled boy have spoken of their heartbreaking loss after he died suddenly.
Seven-year-old Charlie Younger passed away in hospital in Sheffield last Tuesday, July 19, surrounded by his mum Karen, dad Gary and older brother Aiden, 20.
Charlie required 24-hour care after suffering severe brain damage due to complications during his birth.
He had complex needs including lung disease, cerebral palsy, scoliosis and epilepsy, and had to be fed through a tube in his stomach and use an oxygen tank during the night.
As a tot Charlie’s family, who live in Chequers Avenue, Lancaster, were told he would have a short life expectancy, but he defied specialists to remain out of hospital in recent years.
However, Charlie was taken ill out of the blue last Sunday and suffered a heart attack which caused his organs to fail. He was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and later transferred to a children’s hospital in Sheffield where he passed away.
“He was always a fighter but obviously this time he just couldn’t fight it,” Charlie’s mum Karen, 48, said.
“He had been through the mill in his short life but the last three years he had been much better. Charlie was an amazing little boy. He lived a good life and we fought very hard to give him that.
“Even with his complex needs he was a very happy child, and was very much loved by his mummy and daddy, grandparents and big brother Aiden.
“It is a great loss to us; it’s heartbreaking and it doesn’t feel real yet. Our lives are going to be changed forever.”
The funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday August 3 at St Paul’s Church in Scotforth, followed by interment at Scotforth cemetery.