A three-year-old girl who was waiting for a heart transplant has died in her parents’ arms.
Ivie Boulton died on Wednesday night after contracting a rare form of flu on January 24.
She had suffered multiple organ failure at Newcastle Hospital.
Her father Gavin Boulton, from Yate, South Gloucestershire, paid tribute to the youngster.
‘Five weeks ago our little girl Ivie was rushed into hospital and our lives were turned upside down,’ he wrote on social media.
‘She fought so hard but unfortunately she passed away peacefully last night in my and her mum’s arms.’
He and his wife Scarlett Boulton had taken Ivie to doctors when she was sick multiple times in one night.
She eventually succumbed to her illness a month later after her lungs began to bleed, her mother said.
She had been on a heart and lung machine.
Mrs Boulton added: ‘We can’t thank people enough for the support, not just in Yate but around the world! We are obviously devastated.’
Mr Boulton said they were heartbroken after telling Ivie’s twin sister Grace and the rest of their children about her death.
The family had been hoping a heart transplant would help save their daughter after hers was removed when it became infected.
A GoFunMe page had been set up for Ivie.