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Heartbreaking call for parents of "bubbly, happy, funny kid" Decklan Hayward

July 29, 2023

Decklan Hayward. gofundme.

By Peter Holmes

The auntie of seven-year-old Decklan Hayward, who choked on a cocktail frankfurt at Glenroi Heights Public School on July 19, says his parents have made the decision to "let our boy grow his wings and go with the angels some time next week".

Decklan has been on life support since being choppered to Westmead Children's Hospital with his mother Katie.

In a post on fundraising site gofundme, Kaylah Hayward wrote: "On Wednesday the 19th of July, my sister dropped her children off at school like any normal day, until we got a horrifying phone call to say that Decklan had been in a choking incident.

"We rushed to the school to find out that he had choked on a cocktail frankfurt while laughing and playing with his friends enjoying Crunch&Sip.

"Despite the efforts from the teachers and medical teams Decklan went into cardiac arrest and was without oxygen to his brain for near 20 minutes .... due to this he has suffered extensive brain damage."

Eight days after he was put on life support, Kaylah said "my sister Katie and Robbie have had to make a decision that no parent should ever have to".

"Anyone that ever met Decky knows he was the most bubbly, happy, funny kid and he will always have a special place in so many of our hearts.

"Anything at all big or small to help take the financial stress away from his parents Katie, Robert and Danny and give our boy the send off he deserves would be very much appreciated."

As of Saturday afternoon the gofundme set up a day ago by Kaylah had raised more than $12,000 for the family.

In a note to the Glenroi Heights Public School community, principal Tegan Davis wrote: "I would like to pass on a message from Decklan Hayward's family.

"They would like you to know that Decklan is still with us and continues of life support. The family is considering turning off the life support some time next week.

"Our thoughts are with Decklan's family at this time. Thank you to our school community for your continued care and support for Decklan and his family."




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