Boy, 3, dies in mum’s arms from cancer weeks after being told to take Calpol

A three-year-old boy died in his mum's arms after his body was so overwhelmed with cancer and he could battle no more.

Just four weeks earlier, Robbie Elliot's parents were told to treat a suspected infection with Calpol but after their son became ill it became more apparent that there was something more serious at hand.

On Friday, May 21, Robbie passed away with his loving family by his side at his bed in Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, reports the ChronicleLive.

Only days before scans revealed that the South Shields youngster had cancer tumours in his kidneys, brain, heart and stomach.

Mum Kayleigh Johnston, 28, and step-dad Corey Wilson, 30, have been left bereft with the loss of their little "perfect" boy but thankfully the community have come out to support them.

"Their whole world has been turned upside down since he passed away," revealed Robbie's godfather, Stephen Williams, who is speaking on behalf of the heartbroken parents.

Robbie's decline was sudden, and only a day after the family was told he had widespread undifferentiated mesenchymal cancer, he passed away.

Just a week earlier, he had received a scan at Sunderland Royal Hospital over fears that a lump – which was the size of a 2p coin – could be a rare but treatable bone infection called Osteomyelitis

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When Robbie was transferred to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary doctors found the first tumours.

"He was just a normal bairn and you wouldn't think there was anything wrong, until the last week when he became flat and poorly," added Stephen.

"His mam and dad knew there was something wrong and that's why they demanded answers."

Further tests at Freeman Hospital revealed more tumours but hopes they were curable amounted to nothing.

"They were told it was curable and he responding well to treatment, but in the next hour they were told that he wasn't responding well to treatment and there was nothing else they could do," Robbie's godfather said.

Stephen has launched a GoFundMe page called 'Robbie The Brave' to help support the family at this time.

Robbie leaves behind his little brother Alfie, two, and his six-year-old sister, Ava.

Stephen said: "He is a lovely little bairn. He was respectful, happy-go-lucky and very well behaved.

"He was just the perfect little boy – he really was."

You can donate to the family here.

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