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Devastated mother, 31, tells how her son, eight, collapsed and died of mystery illness

A grieving mother has told of how her eight-year-old son told her ‘I love you’ shortly before collapsing and dying in front of her of a mystery illness. 

Clare Walker, 31, had asked her son Cillian Anderson, who was playing Fortnite, to put his pyjamas on so they could watch a film together seconds before she heard his terrified screams. 

Ms Walker told The Scottish Sun: ‘It was piercing, like a very, very scared scream. It was a sound I’d never heard my son make.’ 

Cillian, from Dundee, was asthmatic and had hay fever and was on medication for his health conditions. 

The family began shielding weeks before lockdown began on March 23 to protect Cillian. 

Experts say Cillian may have had a fatal asthma attack or perhaps an allergic reaction, and are waiting on blood results to say for certain.  

Ms Walker said the last thing he said to her was ‘I love you, mum’ and she had responded ‘I love you too, son – to the moon and back’. 

She heard him scream when she got downstairs and rushed to get him outside for air, but he fell lifeless in her arms when she opened the back door. 

Her dad Bruce, 51, carried out CPR as Ms Walker rang 999. Cillian was rushed to Ninewells Hospital but died ten minutes after he arrived on May 5. 

Ms Walker said: ‘I went numb, like somebody ripped my guts open. I climbed in next to him and gave him a cuddle.’ 

She added that she strokes his hair the way he liked it and bawled her eyes out.   

Ms Walker said the family couldn’t go home for two weeks while police ‘sealed off her home’ so she couldn’t seek comfort in his bedroom. 

DCI Ray Birnie said protocol was followed after the eight-year-old’s sudden death and said their aim ‘is to investigate in an appropriate and proportionate manner’. 

The Scottish Ambulance Service launched a probe after the family complained, according to The Scottish Sun.   

A JustGiving page was set up by Dundee Superheroes to raise money to go towards the funeral and other costs to help the family. 

The page raised more than £3,500 and Dundee Superheroes said they would be attending the service. 

People wearing superhero costumes followed the coffin, which was Fornite-themed, to Dundee Crematorium on May 27.  

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