Saturday 17 February 2018

Four-year-old boy dies just two weeks after being diagnosed with leukemia

Ryan Ross (4) died suddenly on Sunday in hospital
Ryan Ross (4) died suddenly on Sunday in hospital

Laura Abernethy

The family of a little boy who died suddenly just two weeks after he was diagnosed with leukemia have paid tribute to their “lovely wee boy”.

Ryan Ross (4) died suddenly on Sunday in the Royal Victoria Hospital while receiving treatment for the aggressive blood cancer.

His parents Julie and Gary were given the devastating news that he had leukemia on 25 February after they had taken to him to his GP because he was slightly run down and wasn’t sleeping properly.

He was in his second week of chemotherapy and was responding well to treatment when he started to go downhill last Friday.

Ryan had a serious infection and sadly suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday morning. Doctor’s were unable to bring him round.

His dad Gary Ross said: “We’re still trying to come to terms with our loss. It’s very, very hard.

“Ryan was so full of life. He was lovely to have around and he was so loved by all his friends at school, his family and all our friends.”

Before his illness, Ryan went to preschool at the Carew II centre on Tamar Street and loved to play with his older brothers Aaron (19) and Dylan (14). He was also very close to his little sister Olivia (2).

“He was a normal four-year-old boy and he enjoyed life to the max. He loved his sister Olivia and they always had a ball together.”

The East Belfast football club, where Ryan’s older brother Dylan (14) plays, had been organising some fundraising events for the family but now they are raising money for his funeral.

Gary added: “He was much loved by everyone here in the community in East Belfast. They’ve been there from the moment we found out he had leukemia and we’re grateful for all the support. They’ve been there and right behind us and it’s brought us some comfort.”

To donate to Ryan’s fund, visit the JustGiving page.

Belfast Telegraph

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