A father ‘committed suicide’ just days after his seven-year-old son died of an undiagnosed brain tumor initially mistaken for a case of coronavirus, the boy’s mother has revealed.
Corey Bartlett was like every fit and healthy child until he got sick with a high fever, collapsed on the bathroom floor and died when he was taken to hospital by air ambulance on June 24.
A post-mortem revealed that a mass was pressing on his brain, but more tests are needed to explain his death.
His 43-year-old mother Abby Bartlett from Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, was subsequently contacted by police three days later and learned that her ex – Corey’s father Michael Bartlett, 46 – had been found dead.
She is now desperately trying to rebuild her life because of her son Ryan, 11, who had discovered that his younger brother had collapsed on the bathroom floor after falling ill.
Corey’s mother said the post-mortem showed that the seven-year-old, who had no headaches or other symptoms, had an undiagnosed brain tumor.
He had become ill with a temperature and sore throat four days before his death, and the medical staff thought Corey might have coronavirus, but he tested negative, Ms. Bartlett said.
Abby Bartlett, 43, is pictured with her son Corey. A post-mortem revealed that a mass was pressing on his brain, but more tests are needed to explain his death
M Bartlett received another blow when police called to say her ex – Corey’s father Michael Bartlett, 46 – was found dead on June 27.
Mrs. Bartlett told it Stoke Sentinel: “It was a ticking time bomb. It was totally unexpected.
“It was such a shock to find out, because Corey was such a healthy, fit boy. He was a very active child. He had his appendix out, but that was the only time he’d been sick.
The only difference was lately when his behavior had become more challenging. I had taken him to the pediatrician while lashing out, but they said he was fine. They just took it off. One minute he would be fine, but the next he would lash out and swear.
“If you asked what was going on, he said,” I don’t know, Mommy. ” He was absolutely stressed about it. ‘
Ms. Bartlett adds that she wants to get to the bottom of what happened, and it is not yet known whether the tumor was malignant or benign.
Samples will need to be taken, which means it may take another five to six weeks for the child to be buried.
“I have many unanswered questions,” said Ms. Bartlett, who had recently moved from her native Wiltshire to Stoke-on-Trent.
Her sons would join her in the coming weeks when the double tragedy struck.
Mrs. Bartlett now has one GoFundMe page to raise money to give Corey the goodbyes he deserves. More than £ 800 has been pledged so far.
Corey (pictured with his father) had fallen ill with a temperature and sore throat four days before his death, and the medical staff thought he may have had a coronavirus, but he tested negative, Ms. Bartlett said.
In honor of Corey, Ms. Bartlett added, “He was just like any other normal seven-year-old ripping around on his scooter. He liked motorcycles’
Mrs. Bartlett said, “It was a ticking time bomb. It was totally unexpected. It was such a shock to find out, because Corey was such a healthy, fit boy. He was a very active child ‘
On the page, she writes, “ Unfortunately, my son Corey died on June 24, 2020. He was only 7 years old and my son.
“Things are still so raw, but I’d like Corey to have a great broadcast to be with his dad
“Any help would be incredibly valuable because I would love to have flowers in the shape of a motorcycle that was a big favorite of his.”
Ms. Bartlett said Corey ripped around the place on his scooter and had fallen in love with motorbikes.
The grieving mom added that Corey’s father who died three days later was a “huge shock” – and emailed Mr. Bartlett that he wanted to be with Corey.
Corey’s older brother Ryan is now “in pieces” and is unable to process what happened, his mother said.
Mrs. Bartlett told her to keep going for his sake.
She added that she would not wish this fate on her worst enemy, revealing that her mother, who had MS, also died in September after choking on Turkish Delight while on vacation in Turkey.
Ms. Bartlett says she now wants a joint funeral for Corey and his father, who both loved each other.
She wants to raise enough money for a motorcycle drive-by tribute because her son loved them so much, but never got a chance to ride one – with leftover money going to the ambulance.