A family left devastated by the death of their five-year-old son just over four weeks after he was diagnosed with leukaemia have paid tribute to their cheeky, popular child.
Kyian Taylor, of Pytchley Road, Kettering, died suddenly on July 24, only two weeks after his family thought they had received good news when doctors told them his cancer had gone into remission.
He was diagnosed with the disease on June 22, and then was later told by doctors he was making good progress and the family were making plans to have him return home before his health declined.
His mother, Leanne Payne, 25, said: “He was doing really well and we were preparing him to come home until he was rushed to intensive care after his heart started beating fast.
“It’s come as a shock to us. As far as we knew, he was improving.
“He was very cheeky, but he got on with lots of people. He was a proper boy’s boy.
“Even while he was ill in hospital, he would still be talking to the staff and arguing.”
Miss Payne and partner Dean Taylor, 29, said their son wanted to become a boxer, and was also a keen Manchester United fan as well as taking an interest in painting at school.
He was well-known at Grange School in Kettering, where he was in reception year.
His teacher, Carol Wood, said: “We were all absolutely devastated. He was such a lovely boy with a wonderful smile.
“Every day he used to shout my name, run towards me and put his arms around me.
“Those memories will stay with me forever.”
Miss Payne added: “He was very popular at school. He used to go to the breakfast club there and talk to all the Year 6 girls.
“He was very outgoing and loved his boxing. Whenever his older cousins were around they’d play fight.
“The family is very close, so it has hit us all very hard.”
Kyian was initially sent to hospital after complaining he had been feeling tired, and after tests, was rushed to Leicester Royal Infirmary.
An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on August 3.
The family was told at 15 days through the treatment he was making excellent progress and was in remission. He was given a 95 per cent chance of living. He stayed in Ward 27 of the infirmary every night except one.
The family are now looking to raise funds for the hospital, with a table-top sale on Saturday, August 18, at the Harlequin pub, Stamford Road, Kettering, from 10am.
A football tournament and fun day in Kyian’s memory has also been organised at the Crescents Community Centre, in Laburnum Crescent, Kettering, on Sunday, August 26.
Miss Payne added: “We got to know a lot of the children on the ward and they don’t have a lot of the stuff they need.
“I’d like to thank my family, friends and the community for their support.”
The funeral will take place at Kettering Crematorium tomorrow (Friday) and about 200 people are expected to attend.