A heartbroken mum is desperate to know why her seven-year-old son died just 24 hours after he started feeling flu-like symptoms.
Liam Allen went from playing on his laptop at home to being pronounced dead in hospital within hours.
The young boy, who dreamed of being a famous YouTuber, felt fine when he had his school photo taken on November 22.
Later that day Liam fell sick, shivering intensely and feeling nautious.
The symptoms led his parents to presume he just had the flu.
His shattered mum Paula said he felt fine for most of the following day at their home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
The 37-year-old – who had given birth to her fifth child just weeks earlier – said: "Liam's temperature went up about half past nine at night and I gave him some Calpol.
"He was sat on his bed playing on the laptop."
Liam's dad David, a self-employed sticker maker, went up to his son's room at 10.10pm on November 23 to tell him to turn the laptop off and go to sleep.
But just 20 minutes later David, 31, returned to find his boy having a seizure – the third one this year.
His first was in March and the second one last month, leaving Paula to wait on an MRI scan to determine whether Liam had epilepsy.
Her other son, Rory, two, also suffers from epilepsy, but a consultant thought Liam's seizures were less frequent and therefore less worrying.
An ambulance took Liam to Rotherham Hospital and his third fit lasted for two hours.
He was transferred to an intensive care unit at Sheffield Children's Hospital on November 24.
It was there that doctors delivered the gut wrenching news that Liam's brain had swollen significantly and that he could not be saved.
His mum said: "I lay on bed with him while his dad lay to the side of him and they turned his machine off."
His devastated parents then had to deliver the tragic news to their oldest children – Graci, five and Levi, four.
But two-year-old Rory soon asked where his brother, who was nicknamed Sprout, was.
Paula said: "We have to keep saying he is in the sky with Nana.
"I lost my mum in April to cancer. But this is a different kind of feeling. With my mum we knew it was coming."
Liam saved his nan's life two years ago after she choked while eating a doughnut by slapping her on the back.
He was also described as a miracle child after being born naturally after failed IVF treatment.
His cause of death has not yet been determined by the post mortem.
"You just need answers," Paula said. "At the minute we just know we lost him but we don't know why.
"You feel like you are in limbo. I have to plod on for the other ones with Christmas coming up – I don't know how I will get through all that."
Paula believes she should have been given medication for Liam after the first two seizures – which both lasted up to an hour.
She advised other parents: "Get help as soon as possible. Don't take it for granted or think it is just a seizure and it could pass.
"My two year old Rory has seizures and he was diagnosed with epilepsy. I never knew the seriousness of it and now I am really worried in case he has another one."
Paying tribute to her son, Paula said: "He was funny, kind, cheeky and stroppy when he wanted to be.
"He was a mummy's boy and didn't mind admitting he was still my baby."
The mum said she is trying not to cry in front of her children ahead of Christmas.
Paula added: "The other night I went upstairs with a framed picture and Graci was under her duvet crying.
"I have had to ask the school to get someone in to talk to them.
"I feel like I am on autopilot and just have to stay strong for my children."
Family friend Sally Williamson has started a fundraiser to help the family with funeral costs.
She wrote on the GoFundMe : "Liam was a much loved beautiful little boy who sadly passed at the age of just seven-years-old.
"His mummy and daddy Paula and Dave are devastated as people can imagine and they have four other babies at home to look after too.
"If we could take some pressure off them both by raising some money to either put to the funeral or by using it as they please then every little helps at this sad time."
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