Friday, 3 Feb 2023

Our Ace was swimming with turtles on dream holiday but days later he was dead from horror illness – we want him home | The Sun

THE heartbroken family of a British boy who died in Barbados have said they will have to wait an agonising three weeks to bring him home.

Just days after swimming with turtles on a dream holiday in the Caribbean, Ace Rewtastle, eight, was suddenly diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and left brain dead.



His mum, Amber Field, and dad, David, both made the devastating decision to switch off his life support before hospital bosses in Barbados allegedly intervened.

Amber, 30, had begged doctors to "let him rest" as she sat by her son's bedside while he was brain dead.

She said "nature took its course" and little Ace tragically died on Saturday.

But Ace's uncle, Joey, told The Sun Online that Amber will now have to stay on the island for weeks after the hospital asked for a post-mortem.

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The 28-year-old said his distraught sister just wants to bring her son home to the UK to lay him to rest.

He told The Sun Online: "They have now decided to do a post-mortem on Ace, so we're looking at another two to three weeks before he's home.

"It's just horrible how they have been treated. It's just bizarre how they have handled it.

"It's wrong. They have been through enough.

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"Amber just wants to bring him home and give him the send off he deserves."

Ace had flown out to the Caribbean island with his family on December 21 to spend Christmas in paradise – but he suddenly fell ill on January 3.

He was rushed to hospital with suspected meningitis after developing a rash – but he was later given a devastating cancer diagnosis.

The family, from Portsmouth, immediately scrambled to raise funds to get him on a medical flight home – raising more than £100,000. 

But Ace deteriorated and suffered a seizure, causing a catastrophic bleed on the brain.

He never regained consciousness and the next day, he was put into an induced coma and declared brain dead before he died.

In a heartbreaking post, Amber said: "Ace is now resting.

"There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint in this world.

"Goodnight Acey Pops, today nature took its course, you are my whole existence and I will love and remember you until my last breath.

"Give nanny Pat a big cuddle from me & let’s get you home my darling baby."

Joey told The Sun Online: "There are no words for this.

"I was so close to Ace. He was like a son to me. He was a loving, caring, cheeky little boy."

Doctors told Ace's parents that their son had a zero per cent chance of recovering from the seizure.

But they were left in a battle with the government in Barbados for the right to turn his life support off and bring his body home to the UK to be laid to rest.

The law in the Caribbean country states a life support machine can't be turned off if there's a heartbeat.

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A GoFundMe set up for Ace has now raised more than £120,000.

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