Holiday for our children
On the 9th February 2015 our son Layton who is the little boy in the photo sadly passed away following complications from contracting chickenpox he contracted them on the Wednesday 4th february. As everyone knows chickenpox is a normal childhood illness, his older brother also had chickenpox the week before so we knew that it was only a matter of time before Layton started showing signs of the infection which he did.
On Sunday the 8th he started to show signs of improvement and back to his normal cheeky little self only to take a turn for the worst, both myself and his mam noticed that his breathing had became heavy and his temperature was high so we took him to our local a and e department where they began to examine him and took blood tests from him they detected a bacterial infection in his blood and admitted him to the ward for observation.
He then took a major turn for the worst and began to crash the hospital were preparing him to be taken to a specialist hospital by placing him on life support as they had found that he had sepsis, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and sadly passed away in the early hours of Monday 9th February.
This has hit the whole family like a train both myself and his mam can't understand what has happened and his 3 sisters and brother are all devastated following this tragic event.
we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for our children the oldest being 11 she understands a little bit more than her younger siblings and our youngest is only 3, since layton died he has lost his best friend and he is totally lost. When he would finish nursery he would spend all afternoon playing with layton till his sisters came home from school and now he can no longer have that time with him. We find it very hard to explain to him where he has gone and he keeps asking us when layton will be back which in turn upsets us and we try our best to be strong in front of him.
Things are still all up in the air with regards to his death and are taking a long time to be finished which makes it a lot harder to come to terms with layton being taken away from us.
The doctors have diagnosed myself with PTSD severe depression and anxiety which is affecting both myself and his mum, as well as taking it's toll on my health a great deal.
We have also been the subject of trolling on twitter by a user who thought it would be a nice idea to say to me that if i had used an alternative form of health care then layton may still be here, which made me think that we had done the wrong thing, following this and after several days of horrible tweets from this person it drove me close to suicide and put me into a terrible spiral of depression which is still affecting me now, if it had not been for my many followers on twitter offering me support i doubt i would be here today to post this update.
My other children are still trying to come to terms with loosing there little brother, and are always talking about him and drawing pictures for him, which cause us to break down in tears, our oldest daughter has been saving her pocket money to help pay for a holiday one day.
On Thursday 14th May we had a meeting with coroner to discuss the ongoing investigation into Layton's death. we were handed all the reports from all the medical staff who treated Layton at the hospital in the hours before his death. We were also given his post mortem report which gave us his cause of death, which was noted as overwhelming sepsis (group a Streptococcus) with chicken pox being the contributing factor in his death. This has made both myself and his mam Nichol relive the whole horrible event again.
We would like to thank everyone who has donated to our fund. It is greatly appreciated.