Child, 7, dies at school as teachers mourn ‘healthy boy who didn’t return home’
Tributes have poured in for a “healthy and beautiful” seven-year-old boy who died after falling ill at school.
Rugby-mad Patryk Milner, from Sandbach in Cheshire, died on October 1 after a short and sudden illness at Offley Pirmary Academy.
The little lad was a member of Sandbach’s RUFC’s under-8s rugby club and his parents, Andy and Aggie, were well known figures at the team.
His grieving dad revealed that the “healthy” youngster wanted to be a vet when he grew up, reports Cheshire Live.
Andy said: “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 you to 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."
The youngster was taken ill at school and air-lifted to Leighton Hospital in Crewe, before being rushed again to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where he tragically passed away.
In a statement, his mourning teachers said: “The school community is 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.
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"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 lover of rugby, the seven-year-old’s death has shaken the community and his teammates.
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England Rugby shared a touching tribute on it’s social media, along with other clubs from around the country.
A statement from England Rugby read: “The thoughts of everyone at the RFU and the whole rugby family are with @sandbachrufc following the death of Patryk Milner.
“Patryk played in the under 8's at Sandbach and loved being at the club with mum Aggie and dad Andy. Our thoughts with the family at this sad time.”
His 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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