First photos of boy, 5, who died after suffering cardiac arrest on holiday

A five-year-old boy British boy who died after falling ill on holiday with his grandparents has been pictured.

Noah Blodwell, from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, began vomiting before collapsing and going into cardiac arrest at Sol Barbados Hotel in Magaluf, Majorca.

He failed to survive an emergency operation and passed away ‘peacefully’ at his bedside in Son Espases Hospital, his mum and dad said.

Paying an emotional tribute to their son, parents Luke and Catherine said they had had been left with a ‘massive hole in our hearts’.

Writing on social media, dad-of-two, Luke, said: ‘Although we only had him for 5.5 short years, being his parents is the best job in the world and he has been and will continue to be the best big brother to Phoebe.

‘With his passing he has left a massive hole in our hearts as well as with everyone he met.

‘We know he will always be with us and reminding us to always have fun and live life to the fullest.

‘We love you so much our darling boy – no words can describe the happiness and love you bought to us from the day you were born.’

Noah fell ill just before midday last Friday.

Police and paramedics rushed to the hotel and reportedly managed to recover the boy’s pulse by practising CPR for an hour after he went into cardiac arrest.

Local reports said Noah had been complaining of stomach pains before he collapsed. It was also reported he was given a paracetamol before he took a turn for the worse.

The youngster was rushed to the hospital with a police escort in a ‘critical’ condition.

Local police in the Majorcan capital Palma were also drafted in to help clear roads and make sure the ambulance carrying Noah reached hospital as soon as possible.

It emerged on Monday that he had died shortly after being admitted.

A routine investigation into his death has been launched by Palma court.

Hotel staff have declined to comment. Local officials have made no comment about the probe and possible cause of death, other than to say there is no suggestion it was being treated as suspicious.

Friends of Noah’s parents and loved ones have responded with their own touching tributes to the child, who would have been six at the start of November.

One was from London Street Barbers, in Faringdon, where Noah was a customer.

It closed today out of respect, describing Noah as ‘the most amazing little lad’.