A young boy had his final wish granted after Marvel and Disney figures visited at his home to surprise him before he died.
Freddy Leitch, 8, of Gillingham, England, has lived his entire life with a rare genetic condition, according to the news agency SWNS.
According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic granulomatous illness is a hereditary ailment in which white blood cells are unable to fight certain types of bacteria and fungi.
SWNS stated that Leitch was given few days to live after becoming ill on April 16.
After spending several days in the hospital, young Freddy Leitch requested if he could go to Disneyland Paris and stay at the Marvel hotel, a trip that had been postponed several times owing to his illness, according to SWNS.
The boy’s mother, Kirsty, took to the internet with an appeal, asking if anyone was willing to dress like Freddy’s favorite Marvel and Disney characters and pay him a visit.
Spider-Man, Stitch, The Hulk, Supergirl, a Power Ranger, Mickey Mouse, and more soon appeared on his front porch.
Leitch’s mom told SWNS that it was the most joyous 20 minutes of her young son’s life.
“Afterward, he said to me, ‘Mom, that was the best day ever,’” she said.
She went on to thank those who came to the house, saying the family was so grateful for the surprise.
“The people who turned up were fantastic,” she said.
Leitch managed the sickness effectively for the first several years of his life, until a bone marrow transplant in 2018 failed to improve his immunity, according to SWNS.
According to SWNS, Leitch battled numerous diseases and ailments throughout his life, many of which landed him in the hospital.
The family found Leitch’s kidneys were failing in 2021 after doctors discovered he was suffering from a virus they had previously missed, according to the news agency.
The infection was lethal by January 2022. It got worse immediately before the family’s trip to Disneyland.
Leitch’s mother claimed the family did many things that made her son happy in the last year of his life, including a trip to Turkey and getting a puppy named Phoenix after an X-Men character.
“He had such determination,” Leitch said of her son, sharing that he passed away at home.
“We’re heartbroken, we’re devastated that he’s grown his wings, but grateful that he’s gone in peace,” his mother also said.
“He’s going to leave a massive Freddy-shaped hole in all our hearts. He’s left us with so many memories. That’s what he’s given us.”