Dad's tribute as Luke loses his fight for life
A LITTLE boy described by his parents as a 'bundle of joy with an incredible love of life' has lost his battle with brain cancer. Five-year-old Luke Bevan, of Blythe Gardens in Worle, was born with numerous disabilities and problems but his illness was ne
A LITTLE boy described by his parents as a 'bundle of joy with an incredible love of life' has lost his battle with brain cancer.Five-year-old Luke Bevan, of Blythe Gardens in Worle, was born with numerous disabilities and problems but his illness was never diagnosed. But despite his problems his dad Bryan and mum, Jo, remember him for his personality and spirit.Mr Bevan, aged 43, said: "Luke spent a lot of time in hospital during his life. But he was a happy child, who was full of laughs and loved company. "Luke never stopped laughing. Although he couldn't speak from birth he learnt how to communicate."In his short time with us he brought us great joy and happiness. Despite Luke's problems he always had a smile and a giggle for anyone he met which managed to melt a heart or two. His curly hair and bright eyes were the envy of everyone. "Luke loved music and bath time and being around his four cousins."The Baytree Special School pupil was born with twisted feet and dislocated hips so he spent his life in a wheelchair.At five months old Luke had a hernia operation and just a month later he developed pneumonia. Then last September he had an operation to detach his oesophagus from his stomach.It was in July this year that his mum and dad found out he had cancer and instead of putting their little boy through more pain they decided they would let Luke enjoy his final days.Mr Bevan said: "Doctors told us Luke would need six weeks of radiotherapy and six batches of chemotherapy."The survival rate for a child would only normally be about 20 per cent and so in Luke's case it was nearly nil."We decided not to have Luke treated as I wanted to take his tubes out and take him home and enjoy him as much as possible."We knew we would lose him but we hoped it would be later rather than sooner."Mr and Mrs Bevan decided to take Luke to children's hospice Little Bridge House in Barnstaple, to christen him in front of close family and spend his final days with him.Luke died in his mum's arms at the hospice on October 9.Mr Bevan added: "Through our pain we are so lucky to have had Luke in our lives no matter how short. Luke touched the lives of everyone he met and will never be forgotten."Luke's funeral took place at Weston Crematorium on Wednesday. All donations will go to Little Bridge House and Bristol Children's Hospital.