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David Cameron admits 'nothing could prepare him' for his son Ivan dying aged six

Added 09-15-19 04:36:02am EST - “Mr Cameron, whose son? Ivan (pictured) suffered from a rare neurological disorder, said he can 'hardly bear to remember' those dark times.” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “David Cameron admits 'nothing could prepare him' for death of son Ivan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken candidly about the heartbreak he and wife Samantha suffered after the death of losing their son Ivan, six, in 2009, describing the ensuing grief as 'torture'.

Mr Cameron, who has three other children, Nancy, 15, Arthur, 13 and Florence, nine, reveals in his new memoir the devastation the family endured during the final hours of Ivan's life, saying it's 'almost too painful to relate' - and shares his own frustrations at not having the 'patience and selflessness' that's required to be a 'great carer'.  

The couple's first-born child, Ivan was born with Ohtahara syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that would see him suffer 20 to 30 seizures a day.  

In the deeply emotional recollection, published in the Sunday Times, the ex PM recounts how he was plunged from the elation of having a newborn before being thrust into devastation when Ivan was diagnosed with the severely life-limiting condition. 

Cameron also recounts in detail the harrowing night Samantha drove their son to hospital, on February 24th, 2009, and his final hours as he joined her later only to find a resuscitation team losing the battle to save Ivan's life.


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