Mum shares tragic last words of son, 8, who died from mystery illness

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A mourning mum has told how her little boy told her “I love you” moments before collapsing and dying.

Clare Walker, 31, revealed how eight-year-old Cillian Anderson sweetly told her he loved her just minutes before he died of a mystery illness.

The loving mum, from Dundee, had as little Cillian to put his pyjamas on so they could watch a film together.

Seconds later tragedy struck as she heard the schoolboy’s terrified and "piercing" screams.

Despite Clare’s best efforts to get her asthmatic son outside for air, he fell lifeless into her arms.

Heartbroken Clare told the Scottish Sun how the lad had been playing Fortnight happily before his unexpected death.

She said: “The last thing Cillian said to me was, ‘I love you, mum’. I told him, ‘I love you too, son — to the moon and back’. By the time I got downstairs I heard him scream.

“It was piercing, like a very, very scared scream. It was a sound I’d never heard my son make.

“I tried to get him downstairs to get some fresh air. When I opened the back door, he collapsed in my arms.”

Her little lad died in A&E on May 5, leaving the helpless mum "numb".

She said: “Cillian died right in front of me.

“I went numb, like somebody ripped my guts open. I climbed in next to him and gave him a cuddle.

“I stroked his hair the way he liked and bawled my eyes out.”

Cillian's family had been shielding during lockdown and he was on medication to control some health conditions.

Doctors say he may have had a deadly asthma or allergy attack – but his family are so far uncertain of his cause of death.

Loved ones are awaiting the results of blood tests which they hope will provide answers.

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Clare was quizzed by police as she left the hospital — and said they asked her for a urine sample and checked her lad’s body for bruises.

She claimed she could not "seek comfort" in her son's bedroom as police had sealed the house for two weeks.

The heartbroken mum said the house was treated “like a crime scene”.

She added: “All I wanted was to crawl into Cillian’s bed to be near him but they wouldn’t let us home for two weeks.”

Only 20 mourners could attend Cillian’s funeral on May 27.

Pals in superhero costumes followed a horse-drawn cart taking his Fortnite-themed coffin to Dundee Crematorium.

Clare's, daughter Crystal, 12, Bruce and her twin sisters Amy and Rebecca, 19, are tormented by the wait to find out why they lost Cillian.

The mum said: “There will never be healing until I know what happened.”

DCI Ray Birnie says protocol was followed after Cillian’s sudden death.

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