A three-year-old boy died in his mum’s arms days after scans revealed he had cancer.
Robbie Elliot’s parents were told to give him Calpol for a suspected infection four weeks ago.
Last Friday, with his family by his side, the young boy died at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, Chronicle Live reported.
Days before the South Shields boy lost his life, scans had revealed tumours in his kidneys, brain, heart and stomach.
“Their whole world has been turned upside down since he passed away,” said Robbie’s godfather, Stephen Williams, speaking on behalf of the grief-stricken parents Kayleigh Johnston, 28, and step-dad Corey Wilson, 30.
He said that Robbie’s deterioration was rapid, and that just a day after they were told he had widespread undifferentiated mesenchymal cancer, he died.
“The cancer was just everywhere,” Stephen added.
Weeks before his death Robbie had received a scan at Sunderland Royal Hospital over fears that a 2p sized lumps could be a rare but treatable bone infection called Osteomyelitis.
Instead, it revealed cysts on his kidneys.
He was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where the first tumours were detected.
“He was just a normal bairn and you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong, until the last week when he became flat and poorly,” added Stephen.
“His mam and dad knew there was something wrong and that’s why they demanded answers.”
After his heart tumour was detected Robbie was moved to the Freeman Hospital, where a CT scan revealed tumours on his brain and another behind his nose.
Initially, the family were told the cancer was clear cell sarcoma, which could have been treatable.
But those hopes were dashed.
“They were told it was curable and he responding well to treatment, but in the next hour they were told that he wasn’t responding well to treatment and there was nothing else they could do,” said Stephen.
Since Stephen launched a Gofundme page to help Robbie’s parents close to £5,000 has been raised.
The community have rallied around the family, with donations of as much as £250 flooding into the page.
“We cannot begin to imagine the heartache you are going through but please be assured you are in our thoughts and prayers,” wrote one well-wisher.
Others paid tribute to “beautiful” Robbie, while another wrote: “No parent should go through this pain”.