Kyle Lewis: Heartbroken parents pay emotional tribute to son, 5, who died after choking on board pin

Kyle Lewis: Heartbroken parents pay emotional tribute to son, 5, who died after choking on board pin
Five-year-old Kyle Lewis died on October 28 (GoFundMe)

YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND: The heartbroken parents of a five-year-old boy, who reportedly choked to death after swallowing a notice board pin, paid tribute to him on Saturday, November 26. Young Kyle Lewis died on October 28, three days after he was admitted to Rotherham General, and just six days after his fifth birthday. His parents bid their final farewell to him in the hospital.

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"He took his last heartbeat while we were cuddling him," they said in an emotional tribute, adding that they are "broken beyond words." Kyle suffered multiple seizures and a rise in temperature. A scan later revealed that around 90-95% of his brain had been damaged after he choked on the pin.

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"I can't even explain how I feel. I'm broken beyond words," Kyle’s mother Emma Lewis told The Star. She added, "It doesn't feel real. I don't want it to feel real. They kept him on life support until we were ready to say goodbye. But you’re never ready are you?" The devastated mother thanked the hospital staff for making room for her and Kyle's father so they could stay with him in his final moments.

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"After that funeral, I can't go cuddle him anymore," Emma continued. "When he was in the chapel I would go two or three times a week. I would move him up on the bed and I was laying with him, talking to him. It’s destroyed me. People tell me to be strong, it's not as easy as that. I’ve lost my boy and I can't think of anything apart from him at the minute," she said, adding, "It’s like I don't know how to grieve. I don't know how to feel, I don't know what to think, I don't know how to act. I feel like a robot. It broke my heart, but he's still my boy."

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Loved ones of the grieving South Yorkshire family set up a GoFundMe campaign after he passed away last month at just five years old. The fundraiser has raised just over £1,600 (~$1,934) out of its £4,000 (~$4,836) goal at the time of publication. "To make things a little easier a few of us wanted to set up this to help give him the best send-off possible," the page read, adding, "No parent should have to bury [their] child and have to struggle to find the money to do so."

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Emma recalled her beloved son and said, "He was the double of his father. Very sneaky, but cheeky at the same time. His favorite saying was ‘it wasn’t me’. He loved dinosaurs. We’ve said instead of him growing his angel wings, he’s grown his dinosaur wings." She added, "[For the funeral], we've all got personalized T-shirts with a photo of him and a blue love heart on the front. On the back, it has a picture of a T-rex and ‘Kyle-saurus’ written on it." The t-shirts are also emblazoned with a phrase that Kyle would say. Furthermore, the family has reportedly created a memorial including a banner that the hospital in Leeds gave them and placed it on their banister at home, according to the Daily Mail.

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