Harry was ‘shining star who lit up lives’

Harrison Cuming, 10, who died on October 15, 2011
Harrison Cuming, 10, who died on October 15, 2011
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Tributes have been paid to a 10-year-old boy who died in hospital after suffering a suspected asthma attack.

Harrison Cuming, known as Harry to his family and friends, was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital after suffering the suspected attack, but never recovered.

He was known to be an asthma sufferer and had been in hospital previously because of his condition. But his family, including dad Dwayne and mum Vicky, today still have no explanation as to exactly what caused his death.

As stunned friends paid tribute to the youngster, his mum said she had lost “the love of my life”.

Harrison was taken into the hospital by ambulance at around 7.20pm on October 15. He died later that night. Meanwhile tributes have been left on social networking site Facebook.

His mum, who works as a stylist at a hairdressers in Leyland Lane, Leyland, wrote: “Lost the love of my life last night.”

Another message said: “Sometimes God takes the brightest stars back for himself and we all know Harry was a star who brightened up your lives.”

One friend wrote: “All one can say you most be so proud of Harry. He was a fine young gentlemen, and a credit to you both.”

Another said: “Harry brought so much and was always smiling – a real credit to you both and I know that would be what he would want us to remember.”

And another tribute simply added: “Heartbreaking, there just are no words.”

Harry also leaves a younger brother, three-year-old Lewis.

Harry’s funeral service will take place at St. Michael and All Angel’s C of E Church, Croston, on Tuesday, November 1 at 11am followed by interment in the churchyard.

The death is still being treated as unexplained and the Preston coroner has opened and adjourned an inquest.

The family, from Moor Road, Croston, has said any donations will go to the Asthma UK charity.

Neil Churchill, the charity’s chief executive, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of Harrison Cuming and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.

“Asthma affects just over a million children in the UK and some, like Harrison, have very severe symptoms meaning regular trips to hospital. The equivalent of a class room of children die as a result of their asthma every year and we’re doing all we can to reduce this number including funding vital research.

“We understand that Harrison’s family are directing donations to Asthma UK and thank them for their generosity.”

According to official figures, around 1.1m children in the UK suffer from asthma and it is the country’s most common long-term medical condition in youngsters.

There are more than 1,100 deaths related to the condition every year. In 2009, 12 deaths occurred in children aged under 14.

On average, three people every day die as a result of the condition.

In 2008/9, the latest figures available, there were over 79,794 emergency hospital admissions for asthma in the UK in 2008-09. Of these, 30,740 were children aged 14 years or under.

A child is admitted to hospital every 17 minutes as a result of the condition.

In 2009, 12-year-old William McGowan died after suffering a suspected asthma attack while paying football at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall Prepatory School, in Hurst Green.

And the previous year a 17-year-old from Darwen also died after suffering a suspected asthma attack.