Boy, 3, dies from brain tumour doctors ‘first thought was just a temperature’

The devastated parents of a three-year-old boy who died from a brain tumour say he was sent home from hospital by doctors who thought he just had a temperature.

Tragic Romeo Teixera suffered five seizures in January last year, but was not diagnosed with the fatal condition until June.

After a brave battle with the tumour, Romeo died on December 30, Coventry Live reports.

His dad Leandro said:  "I came home from work one day and Romeo tried to take a step and he just fell.

"In January 2019, he had five seizures in two hours, so we thought something was wrong.

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"Initially, the hospital discharged him as they just thought he had a high temperature, but in June he collapsed, so we took him back to hospital.

"That's when we found out he had a 12cm brain tumour.

"We were in and out of hospital with him for the next six months."

Romeo was given chemotherapy treatment, but sadly it was not enough to save his life.

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Leandro said: "Eventually, we decided to bring him home as the treatments weren't working and we wanted him to be comfortable, however long he had left.

"Romeo ended up getting an infection in his Hickman Line and his body just couldn't cope.

"Sadly, he passed away on December 30, 2019."

In a heartbreaking post on the page, Leandro wrote: "On 30th December 2019 Our SOLDIER Romeo grew his wings at 5am.

"We are hear broken fly high our boy u made mummy and daddy proud, RIP son we all love you so much willseeyouagain!"

Now his family want to make his final wish come true – by having motorcyclists attend Romeo's funeral on January 23.

Leandro explained that at Romeo's funeral they want to get as many bikers as possible to ride in memory of him.

He explained: "Romeo loved motorbikes as much as I did.

"He would always be there when I was fixing them, watching me.

"I am asking every biker, far and wide, to come and join him for one last wish.

"I am asking people to make your engines heard in heaven."

A procession will be held in Leamington, with details about the funeral ride available here.

Leandro had to quit his job in order to look after Romeo and a gofundme page has been set up to raise much needed funds for the family.

A spokesman for Warwick Hospital, where the toddler was taken after his first seizure, was unavailable for comment.

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