A family in Philadelphia is facing a difficult time after their 16-year-old son passed away from leukemia just one day after diagnosis. The situation has been described as a nightmare for the family.
According to Kyle Limper’s obituary and a report, he passed away peacefully on April 13th due to a blood infection caused by cancer that was also detected on the same day.
“Before April 13th, he was a completely healthy and happy young man with no sign of illness,” his obituary read. “It just came and took him in the same day.”
According to Fox 29, Ken Limper took his son, Kyle, to urgent care for back pain after he played basketball, and then to Jefferson Hospital.
“They told me in a couple of days, if he doesn’t get better, to bring him back. Well, in a couple of days he couldn’t even stand up,” the dad stated. “He couldn’t even get out of bed and I had to help him up and stand him up, then he fell right back down on the bed.”
Limper, who was a multi-sport athlete, was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Doctors at the hospital informed them that his organs were failing due to leukemia.
He died within 24 hours of arriving at the hospital.
“It was just like it was just a nightmare,” Ken Limper stated. “It was just like every time we came back into the room, it was just getting worse and getting worse.”
“I wouldn’t wish this feeling or the situation on anyone,” the mother, Jodi Taffe, said.
According to the station, the family has started a GoFundMe campaign to gather funds for the funeral expenses.
According to Kyle’s obituary, he was a student at Kensington High School and participated in multiple sports, including football, track, and wrestling. He was also a frequent honoree on the school’s honor roll.
According to his obituary, Limper had aspirations of pursuing college football and studying criminal law with the goal of working for the FBI or a crime scene investigation unit. His interest in the field was so intense that he intended to study alongside actual CSI agents in Washington, DC over the summer.
“This all stemmed from his love of superheroes, which he wanted to be,” his family stated. “He wanted to stop all the evil in this world and to put the criminals behind bars so that people could live their lives safely. As always, Kyle was thinking of everyone else.”
In addition, people remembered the teenager for his “selflessness, generosity, friendship and love.”