Boy, 16, dies suddenly after feeling unwell and hugging his dad at church


Calvin Middleton had been to Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church with his family when he went to the toilet after suffering a headache and feeling sick. His father then found him collapsed

Calvin Middleton collapsed after suffering a headache and feeling sick
Calvin Middleton collapsed after suffering a headache and feeling sick

A grieving father has told how his 16-year-old son “was there one minute and the next he was gone” after suffering a headache at church and collapsing in the toilet.

Calvin Middleton had been to Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church with his family as normal but when he didn’t come back from the toilet, dad Andrew went to investigate.

He found him face down, unconscious, in the cubicle after having suffered a sudden bleed to the brain.

Andrew has now talked about the tragedy that took place last Sunday and the loss of his son who he called a “bright and considerate boy.”

Calvin Middleton had gone to church with Andrew, mum Jenny and two younger sisters Susie and Bethan, last Sunday but began to have a headache about 7.30pm.

Calvin had gone to church with the rest of his family
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But what they thought was a migraine was actually an intracranial haemorrhage – a small vein in the back of his head which had burst, reported the Manchester Evening News.

He passed out in the bathroom and never regained consciousness despite medics’ desperate efforts before being pronounced dead shortly after 2am on Monday morning, February 14.

He was just months away from sitting his GCSEs and had a promising future ahead of him studying maths and computer science when his life was cut short.

“One minute my son was there, and the next he had just gone,” said dad Andrew, speaking through tears.

“He had given me a hug after the service and said he needed to go to the toilet as he had a headache and might be sick. That was the last time I would ever get to speak to my son or see him conscious again.

“My wife had gone in to see if he was okay, and didn’t hear anything from him. I went in and saw him lying face down on the floor of the cubicle.

His dad said that he was an “intelligent” boy who was doing well at school
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“The ambulance and police came within minutes and were so compassionate and amazing with us all.”

Calvin was immediately rushed to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment but his blood pressure had dropped too low for doctors to operate

“The nurses did everything they could, but it was just not meant to be. It was his time to go,” said Andrew.

“After they told us he could end up with disabilities, I just begged them to do whatever they could. They sat with us for hours and just wept as we prayed for him.

“Every interaction we had with police and the paramedics was so compassionate and human and I will remember that forever.

“This could’ve happened to anyone anymore at anytime and just shows how precious every moment with your loved ones is. We cannot grasp that he is not here.

“He just slipped away in a moment. He was such an intelligent boy, he was a prefect who was in top sets at school for everything and always wanted to do as best as he could.

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“There were times I look back on now when he asked me to help him with his revision and I couldn’t have taken three hours out of my evening to help.

“I now am sat thinking we no longer have those hours together and I wish I’d have done and cherished every single second I had with him.

“He was such a bright and considerate human being. I had such a bright future planned for him.”

The family, who currently live in Alsager, Cheshire, have set up a fundraising page to raise money to go towards the church’s efforts to help disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe.

Their original target of £500 has been hugely surpassed, with donations now already over £7,000.

Andrew added: “We just cannot believe how unbelievable the response has been and how kind humans truly can be to one another.

“As a family, we would much rather people donate the money to something positive and constructive than buy cards and flowers.

“Calvin was a dedicated Liverpool fan who had previously undergone treatment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for a heart issue unrelated to his death.

“He would be happy that we were asking people to donate for this amazing and useful cause. He has appreciated the Christian influence of Jurgen Klopp and players like Firmino and Allison.”

Plans are now being made for Calvin’s burial to be held at St Mary’s Church in Sandbach next week.

You can donate to Calvin’s fundraising page here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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