Mother’s tribute to her young child who fought a rare disease

A mother narrates the story of her little boy after he died at the age of just two. The brave Nathan Tyreman was born with interstitial lung disease.

The condition made it difficult for the child to get enough oxygen into his lungs and, after months of fighting, he died on May 7. The doctors “give their all” to keep Nathan, but mother Cheryl, father Daniel and brother Jacob are heartbroken.

The family of Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees now await a pathologist’s report to learn more about Nathan’s passing. Meanwhile, Cheryl is focusing organize a fundraiser In her memory.

It will support three children’s charities. Cheryl, 32, who runs two businesses, said that when Nathan died she told herself “if he needed to do well there, I’m going to do well in his name here”.

Cheryl Told TeessideLive: “Nathan was born on March 25, 2020, two days after the lockdown was announced. He was 9lbs 5oz, a little bruiser, and he was medically fine.” She said that as restrictions were eased and Nathan’s brother, Jacob, three, went back to the nursery, it made Nathan more vulnerable to catching insects.

She said: “Kids are kids and they pick up one bug after another, but it seemed like Nathan was always hit with a little more than that. We all had covid last July and it hurt a lot in my opinion, Because when he had his next winter and the next winter, he was already at a loss. But who knows and we may never know.”

Nathan was cared for by Dr Mike McCain at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, who Cheryl praised for her efforts to help her son with a rare condition. She continued: “When we went to the hospital, he said Nathan already had three viruses in his blood. He picked up two more while he was in the hospital.

,[The doctor] Just said he was very unlucky, which is hard. He picked up two more viruses and in the end it was too much for him. He was a very strong little boy. Thankfully, because he was only two years old, he didn’t really understand what was going on so we take some sort of comfort in that.”

Cheryl said the toddler suffered a few months, spent a week in the hospital with a chest infection in December and was put on antibiotics throughout January. She said it had become her “new normal” because of how unwell Nathan was at times, adding: “He was very clingy, and very fussy, but he was also happy. We took pictures when we could.” lets see.”

Sadly, despite Nathan getting up, he suddenly “went down with the disease”. Nathan was sent to the hospital and sadly never came home after that. She said: “He just wasn’t making any progress. We got to Newcastle and they put him on a ventilator.

Nathan Tyreman with his family
(Image: Cheryl Tyreman)

“With the steroids, he got up a little bit, and there was hope. He then started with a rash and a really high temperature and they really couldn’t get it under control. They put him on the ventilator again to give him . some help.

“While they were doing that, he crashed, and they did CPR for about an hour, but he didn’t come back. The staff gave it their all. You can see they really tried. I’m glad That, if it were to happen, I obviously wouldn’t, I’m glad it happened in the hospital.”

Now, Cheryl and Daniels, 31, are organizing a fundraiser in Nathan’s memory, raising funds for the Sick Children’s Trust, Great North Children’s Hospital, and the Child Lung Foundation.

Cheryl said: “One of the charities is the Sick Children’s Trust, which provides housing for the family while their child is in hospital. At the RVI, the house is called Crawford House, and it is funded by ££ per night for support 40 costs a family, and we stayed there for about two weeks.”

Cheryl is also making patterned vases for her business, Cheryl’s Crafty Corners UK, where some of the proceeds go toward fundraising. She’s also received overwhelming support from family and friends, and has sold nearly 800 tickets to the Sick Children’s Trust – Crawford House Raffle.

She continued: “Since we were selling so many tickets, we decided to make it an event. It’s a way for us to share the experience together and thank everyone.” Door entry is £1 (or more) for an event at The Southern Cross in Maarten on Friday, 29 July, with raffle tickets available for sale for £5. The event will include several awards and even a live band and vocals.

“It’s bitter because I shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. I have a few moments where I realize it won’t bring him back — but it’s worth it if we can help other kids.”

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