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Parents die within four weeks of each other leaving behind two young children

Gabriella Ferlita

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Parents die within four weeks of each other leaving behind two young children

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Two parents who died within four weeks of each other have tragically left behind their two young children.

Amie Walton, 30, was fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis when her other half, Chris Mills, 43, died suddenly of a ruptured stomach ulcer on 18 July at Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham.

Their family explained on Crowdfunder that Walton and Mills fell asleep together one night, only for the mum-of-two to wake up and realise her partner had sadly passed away during the night.

The family later discovered his sudden death was due to a complication of a stomach ulcer.

Parents who died within four weeks of each other have tragically left behind their two young children. Credit: PA/Real Life
Parents who died within four weeks of each other have tragically left behind their two young children. Credit: PA/Real Life

Four weeks later, on 18 August, Walton - who was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer - then tragically passed away.

The parents tragically left behind their two children Harry, aged eight, and Mia, aged six.

Their children are now being ‘lovingly cared for by both sets of grandparents, Tracey and Sade, and Sandra and David', the fundraising page explains.

The page reads: “Many of you might be aware of the recent heart-rending passing of Amie Walton and Chris Mills under very tragic circumstances.

“Amie was diagnosed with terminal cancer and fought bravely to the very end. Her devoted and loving partner Chris spent much time with Amie comforting her in every way possible.”

Amie Walton was fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis when her other half, Chris Mills, died suddenly of a ruptured stomach ulcer. Credit: PA/Real Life
Amie Walton was fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis when her other half, Chris Mills, died suddenly of a ruptured stomach ulcer. Credit: PA/Real Life

The mum-of-two previously tried to raise funds for life-prolonging treatment to see her two kids grow ‘even just a little’ more.

Walton previously explained how she experienced heartburn in September 2020, although at the time she didn't think much of it.

"I didn’t expect anything, I wasn’t worried at all when I went into hospital. Nothing clicked. No one in my family has ever had cancer," she said previously.

But after 12 hours at the hospital in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, where she lived with her fiancé, they were given the heartbreaking news that she had a cancerous tumour on her colon, which had spread to her liver.

After Walton endured eight rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to treat the multiple tumours in her body, she was diagnosed with stage four terminal cancer.

"When I was diagnosed with stage 4, I just went completely blank. I was so distraught. It all happened so quickly," the mum said of the diagnosis.

Their children are now being looked after by their grandparents. Credit: PA/Real Life
Their children are now being looked after by their grandparents. Credit: PA/Real Life

Bal Singh, who posted the family’s story on Crowdfunder, admitted that they felt ‘deeply touched’ by their loss.

“Both my brother and I, and undoubtedly many of you, were deeply touched and affected by this tragedy as we felt a personal connection to the loss,” Singh wrote.

“We felt the need to do something positive for the children and hopefully be part of something bigger than our individual selves.

“We both hope you will join us in raising as many funds as we possibly can as a community and come together to place a smile on the faces of two beautiful children.

“Thank you for your support, kindness and care,” Singh concluded.

You can donate to the fundraiser for Amie Walton and Chris Mills' beloved children Harry and Mia here.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Topics: Real Life, Life, News

Gabriella Ferlita
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