Teenager dies with his mum lying next to him after suffering from stomach cramps


Kyle Smith, from Litherland, Merseyside, was just 19-years-old when he died of rare Ewing Sarcoma, a cancer which mainly affects children and young adults

Kyle Smith, from Merseyside, was just 19-years-old when he died

An “amazing” teenager who had shared his story to raise awareness of his illness sadly died with his mum by his side.

Kyle Smith, from Litherland, Merseyside, was just 19-years-old when he died of cancer at Claire House Hospice on the Wirral on February 23.

The teenager had shared his story with the Echo last year in order to raise awareness about Ewing Sarcoma, a cancer which mainly affects children and young adults.

His mum Amanda told the Liverpool Echo: “He’s got a little brother and little sister, they have both been amazing and dealing really well. He tried to speak with them as much as he could.

“Before he passed away, he was trying to explain his decisions, because he chose to stop chemotherapy because it was only going to prolong the agony rather than fix anything.

“So he chose to stop the chemo and then he got an infection and they said basically the antibiotics were just holding the infection at bay, they weren’t going to get rid of it and he would go downhill drastically once he stopped the antibiotics.

“So Kyle bravely chose to do that and he came home to spend time with his family and be at home.

“He came home for two weeks and myself, my sister, my niece and my cousin we all looked after him at home until the last day we took him to Claire House in the Wirral.”







After trying alternative treatments which made Kyle more ill, the teenager took the brave decision to stop chemotherapy
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The 40-year-old said Kyle died “peacefully” as she lay next to him.

She added: “We got there about 7pm and he passed away rather peacefully. He waited for us to take my daughter upstairs to bed and then we come back down, we were going to do half each me and my sister, so I got on the bed first and spoke to Kyle.

“I said to him ‘I am sleeping right next to you mate and if you need to go, you can go. Just don’t go anywhere without telling me’. I gave him a kiss on the cheek and he went to me’ K’ and that was the most he had spoke in hours and he closed his eyes and took a deep breath and that was it.”

Kyle said he started having trouble going to the toilet and experienced cramp like symptoms.

He told the ECHO last year: “A month before I was diagnosed, I started noticing issues when going the bathroom.

“My water stream tended to cut off and I had pain cramps in my stomach. It kept getting worse so I went to see the GP, and he did a urine sample to see if I had a urine infection and that came back clear.”

The keen basketball player went back to his GP who performed a physical examination, but couldn’t find anything that could be causing the pain. When Kyle woke up with painful cramps a few days later he went to hospital.

After further tests, Kyle was given the devastating news a 15cm by 15cm cancerous tumor had been discovered in his abdomen and he was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma.

The cancer grew aggressively in Kyle’s abdomen and impacted his bowel causing his stomach to swell which he described as leaving him “looking nine-months pregnant.”

Mum Amanda said when her son was first diagnosed it was not classified as terminal, however the cancer eventually stopped responding to chemotherapy.

After trying alternative treatments which made Kyle more ill, the teenager took the brave decision to stop chemotherapy.

Throughout his entire journey Kyle bravely shared his story on his TikTok account scousekyle to raise awareness of Ewing Sarcoma and to urge teenagers to pay attention to their bodies. Amanda continued: “That’s his legacy of him so to speak.

He said: “That’s all he wanted to do, he wanted me, his brother and his sister to continue to try and put the word out there for other teenagers to pay attention to their bodies and not just ignore things because it’s embarrassing to go to a GP because you can’t wee properly or just silly things.

“But things some teenagers would ignore that could possibly change their lives that they could get help for sooner.”

Amanda said Kyle enjoyed gaming, his PC and social media and was an A* student who was about to start studying accountancy at Hugh Baird College before Covid hit.

The mum-of-three said she believes his “dark sense of humor” is “what got him through most of what he went through.”

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