We've lost the light of our lives

PUBLISHED: 16:07 07 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

THE Platts' household in Kesgrave should be a happy place, preparing for tomorrow's third birthday of Travis. Instead it's shrouded in sadness after the sudden death of the little boy.

TODAY the Platts' household in Kesgrave should be a happy place, preparing for tomorrow's third birthday of Travis.

Instead it's shrouded in sadness after the sudden death of the little boy.

Elaine and Kevin Platts' home is scattered with childhood clutter, the memories of their dearly loved son are striking, a stray slipper that Travis used to wear still sits under the coffee table and is a reminder of the suddenness of his death.

Travis died on July 24 of meningitis, only the day after he was taken in to hospital with a temperature and rash.

Elaine and Kevin talk about the little boy that was everything to everyone.

"Travis was a cheeky little boy with a disarming smile that he always gave when you tried to tell him off," said Elaine.

"He made you want to sweep him up in your arms and tell him how much you loved him," added Kevin.

"He was really in to football and he loved Barney and the Tweenies, he was a real boy and one of his favourite sayings was, 'tackle me dad',", said Elaine.

"He even had a David Beckham Mohican which he used to gel up every day."

Travis loved football and the outdoors and spent many happy moments watching the boats at Felixstowe.

"He really was a loveable child, he loved the boats and even had his own set of binoculars, although he called them noculars," she added.

Elaine, who works at the Magistrates court in Ipswich, said Travis deteriorated rapidly.

"We took him to the hospital and he only had a temperature and a quick heart beat and he kept complaining that his knee hurt but we had been swimming that day and I thought it was from this."

"When we at the hospital I got him out of the bath at about 3am and saw a very small rash on his groin, from then on I watched it grow.

"When he was in hospital they brought a specialist team from Cambridge down and they were going to move him there but they could not stabilise him."

Travis died in Elaine's arms at 5.30pm and this is something that Elaine will cherish, her last moments with her son.

"We had him only three years and some people do not even get that.

"I want people to just cherish the time they have and to keep hold of their memories because they will never fade."

It is with the help and support of friends and family that Elaine and Kevin are getting through this and it is clear that they will be forever grateful to the people who have carried them through.

"My parents, and Kevin's parents have been wonderful, so have all our friends.

"I really would like to thank everyone at the hospital who helped Travis.

"The NHS have been getting some bad press but they could not have done more to help, the nurses from Bergholt ward even came to his funeral."

The couple, who live in Kesgrave are bearing up remarkably well although Kevin admits that from the beginning they have not been alone.

"We have had so many people around us from the start and so we have not had to deal with it properly yet.

"We have not had a chance to let go and really see what it will be like when we return to normal life."

Amber, Travis's seven-year-old sister flitted in and out of the room and Kevin and Elaine spoke of their daughter with pride.

"She has been fantastic, a real strength to us.

"Yesterday she asked why people you love had to die, then she simply went to a book she has on the subject of death, came back and said sorry about that but it is all right now, I have found the answers."

When asked how this tragedy had effected them the grieving couple could do no more than show the Star a poem that was read out at Travis's funeral.

Goodnight sweet angel,

Now you sleep.

Within our hearts,

You're held so deep.

In thoughts and deeds,

You are not far.

Shine brightly in heaven.

Our little star.

God bless darling.

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