We are sending our thoughts and prayers this morning to the family of little Ryan Ross, following reports that the four-year-old tragically passed away just weeks after being diagnosed with leukaemia.
According to a report in Belfast Live, the Belfast child lost his battle with the illness in the Royal Victoria Hospital on Sunday, after suffering cardiac arrest.
Ryan was diagnosed with leukaemia on February 25. His parents, Julie and Gary, first became concerned for his health when he appeared to be run down and was having difficulty sleeping.
Following his diagnosis, Ryan started a course of treatment that was set to run for three years. After being struck down with an infection, however, Ryan’s condition deteriorated last weekend and he sadly passed away on Sunday.
Speaking to the local newspaper, Ryan’s distraught father Gary said: “We were all there as it happened. He was not alone. And now, our wee son is gone and we just can’t understand how this could happen, and happen so fast.”
A Just Giving page (link here) has been set up for the family, to help raise funds in the wake of this most devastating tragedy.
Our hearts go out to the family.