A BRITISH boy has been left brain dead after falling ill while on a dream holiday in Barbados – and his heartbroken family now face a court battle.
Ace Field, 8, was rushed to hospital with suspected meningitis after developing a rash – but he was later given a devastating diagnosis of acute myeloid leukaemia.
The family, from Portsmouth, immediately scrambled to raise funds to get him on a medical flight home last Friday – raising more than £100,000.
But on Sunday, little Ace suddenly deteriorated and suffered a seizure, causing a catastrophic bleed on the brain.
He never regained consciousness and the next day, he was put into an induced coma and tragically declared brain dead.
Ace’s mum, Amber, 30, and his dad, David, who is separated from Amber, both made the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support on Thursday after doctors told them their son had a zero per cent chance of recovering.
But hospital bosses in Barbados allegedly intervened at the last minute and stopped medics from switching off the ventilator.
His devastated family are now battling with the government in Barbados for the right to turn his life support off and bring his body home to the UK to be laid to rest.
The law in the Caribbean country states a life support machine can’t be turned off if there’s a heartbeat.
Amber and her partner, Paul, 35, who are by Ace’s bedside in Barbados, must now face court on Wednesday where a judge will decide whether his life support machine can be turned off.
Ace’s uncle, Joey, said Amber has been left “devastated” by the death of her only child.
He told The Sun Online: “Ace has not had any treatment for leukaemia because he’s dead, so now the leukaemia is just attacking his body.
“It’s just torture now. His body is covered in bruises.
“My sister has got to sit through that for another four or five days, seeing her son deteriorate when all she wants is for him to be at peace.”
He added: “We just want to bring him home.
“I was so close to Ace. He’s like a son to me. He was a loving, caring, cheeky little boy.”
Joey said the whole family has been left in shock after Ace’s health deteriorated so rapidly.
He said 14 family members flew out to say goodbye to the youngster – before government officials stepped in and stopped doctors from turning off his life support.
Joey claimed the army even turned up on Ace’s ward to stop anyone turning off his life support.
The situation has been described as “cruel and evil” by Amber.
She wrote on Facebook: “My poor boy, just eight-years-old, he didn’t even get the chance to fight this horrible cancer.
“Ace I am so sorry this happened to you and I would take your place in a heartbeat if I could.”
She added: “My poor baby is laid there brain dead, he doesn’t know he is here, he does not know that we are here and they are keeping his body alive to contract infections as the cancer makes his immune system so weak.
“I cannot understand why they are doing this to us.
“This is cruel and evil, sitting beside your child knowing they are dead and a ventilator is still making their heart beat.
“I just want to get him home but this is proving impossible.”
Joey said the family now want to raise awareness of the laws in Barbados to make sure other families don’t face the same heartbreaking situation.
A GoFundMe set up for Ace has raised nearly £112,000 – and Joey said the local community in Portsmouth have been “incredible”.