‘Happy, healthy and beautiful’ boy, 7, dies suddenly after falling ill at school
A seven-year-old boy described as “happy, healthy and beautiful”, died suddenly after falling ill at school.
Patryk Milner was taken ill at Offley Primary Academy in Sandbach last Thursday and was air-lifted to Leighton Hospital in Crewe.
He was then transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where he passed away.
Keen rugby player Patryk suffered a “short and sudden illness” while at school, Macclesfield RUFC said.
Tributes have flooded in for Patryk.
Dad Andy told Cheshire Live : “He was a sporty, beautiful, healthy boy who loved rugby at Sandbach RUFC and karate, swimming, golf cycling, rollerblading – everything. He was about to start football at Sandbach United.
“He liked eating out and adored dogs and he wanted to be a vet.
“Thank everyone for their flowers, cards, kind words and comments on social media especially the Sandbach RUFC family.
“This is helping us tackle this unbelievable tragedy.”
A statement from his school Offley Primary Academy read: “The school community are devastated by the death of Patryk, it has rocked us all deeply.
“He was such a happy, healthy, beautiful boy from a supportive loving family who are the heartbeat of the Sandbach community.
“The circumstances are tragic, he came to school on Wednesday a happy healthy boy and did not return home. We will now ensure that we put our arms around the family and support them with all of our love.
“We will do all that we can to support Patryk’s friends and our community through this awful time.”
A keen rugby player with Sandbach, Patryk’s death rocked the rugby community and the club paid tribute to the youngster, as did England Rugby who shared the club’s tribute on their social media channels, as did a number of other clubs in the rugby community, including Macclesfield RUFC.
Club chairman Rob Mayor wrote in a statement: “Patryk will be well known to all of you who have seen him around the club, with his sister Krissy, almost since he was born. We will never forget the image of his bright and energetic face.
“Patryk suffered a short and sudden illness while at school. Many people; teachers, first-responders, air ambulance staff, doctors, and nurses did all that was humanly possible to help but, ultimately, their efforts were in vain. A dark cloud will hang over both the club and school for a very long time.
“Our hearts go out to the family and, as a club, we will do everything that we can to support them both now and in the future.”
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