A baby with Down Syndrome who won the hearts of millions has passed away in his mother’s arms.
Colton Murray touched the lives of thousands of people and quickly became an ambassador for children with Down Syndrome in his short life.
But after a courageous battle with the syndrome, Colton died on Saturday morning at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis aged 23-months-old.
His mother, Kim Murray, wrote on his Facebook page called ‘ColtonStrong’. She said: ‘Thank you all so so much for praying for our little boy. Last Christmas morning when he crashed, I asked for a miracle, and I got one. ‘Then he continued to defy the odds for so long. We are so so very proud of him. His strength was amazing.’
She added that his Facebook page would remain up as a place to share his memories. Colton’s parents discovered that he had Down Syndrome shortly after his birth in December 2015, and also found out he had one, instead of two, heart ventricles.
He underwent open-heart surgery but this not help his condition.
According to Murrary’s Facebook post, Colton had to receive an emergency breathing tube before his death.
Colton quickly became an inspiration to many and appeared in the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square video presentation that kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October.
He also appeared in ‘Meet Colton,’ a Riley Children’s Hospital social media video. A gathering will be held on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning at Maryland Community Church in memory of Colton. The Murray family has asked that contributions be made to the Riley Children’s Foundation instead of flowers.