June 2009

Posted on: Monday, 6 June 2016.
Categories: Family

thumb_DSC00003_1024DSC00638There was an incident that brought back to me memories of a tragedy that occurred several years ago.

I remember it as one of most tragic news stories of 2009. The news touched so many people in the world and I was one of them. Indeed, it has remained with me ever since.

There was a family, the parents and their son, 5 year old called Sam, who all lived in Wiltshire. The father was British, the mother Japanese. Sam was hit by a car accident when he was just 16 months old and his neck was damaged. He was treated at the Bristol Children’s Hospital, a hospital I know well. Sam was crippled but I remember seeing a picture of him online in his wheelchair, smiling. The family moved to a new house and set up a charity for Sam on stuff4sam. But in 2009, he contracted meningitis and died at their home. The next day, his parents drove to Beachy Head, the tallest cliff in England, and jumped to their deaths, with Sam and his toys in their rucksack.

 

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