Boy, 12, dies in sleep as parents try to come to terms with sudden loss

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Boy, 12, dies in sleep as parents try to come to terms with sudden loss

A mum and dad whose 12-year-old son tragically died in his sleep say life no longer feels real.

Luke was aged just 12 when he passed away in bed, dying in his sleep, on Saturday.

Now, his parents have spoken of their grief, as they try to come to terms with their sudden loss.

Barry Lawson and Leanne Lagan from Co Armagh, in Northern Ireland, told BelfastLive: “It doesn’t feel real. It’s the sort of thing that happens to somebody else. I go into his room to see if I dreamt it.”

His parents said he had felt off colour last Friday but his temperature was normal although he complained about feeling thirsty and having tummy ache.

He went to bed early and they checked on him through the night at, and 4am Leanne gave him an other glass of water.

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Tragically it would be the last conversation she would have with her middle child.

Three hours later Luke was gone.

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His father rushed to a local service station to get a defibrillator and carried out CPR until the emergency services arrived.

But all attempts to bring him back his his father, the police and the ambulance crew were in vain.

Along with their daughter Emma, 14, and four-year-old son Corey, Leanne and Barry have already thanked the emergency services for their efforts, and they have thanked their neighbours, friends and the wider community for their support.

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Barry said: “It’s just completely devastating. It’s like a big hole has been ripped through our lives.

“Luke was a really lovable child. He loved playing his video games, especially with his little brother Corey who is four.

“He really played with him and Corey loved him. I don’t know how he’s going to do without him. He’s going to miss him something shocking.”

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Barry said: “No matter where he went, even if we took him to the beach on his own, he’d have found another child and made friends. He had no problem making friends. I am a bit shy and I used to admire him for that.”

Mum Leanne explained: “He liked the social aspects of school, he just didn’t like to work in school and his teachers used to refer to him as a ‘social butterfly’. If there was a child in the playground on his or her own, Luke would have gone to them. If someone felt left out, he would have brought them in.”

Dad Barry said: “He was very generous and giving boy. He’d have given anybody whatever he had in his pocket. He was my sunshine, a really good child, a fun-loving child. He was a real wee man, always up to some form of mischief.

“He was just so lovable and he always had a smile on his face so when anyone met him, they just loved him.”

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