Till eternity: Devastated parents chose to die with young son who had brain tumor

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  • A 9-year-old boy died after fighting cancer for seven years
  • His parents were found dead by their neighbors; with the mom lying next to the body of their dead son
  • Initial investigation revealed that the parents were devastated by their son’s death

CONSTANTA, Romania – “The thought that every moment could be fatal drives me crazy” — These are the last words of a grief-stricken parent on her blog.

A couple, who were both 46 years old, were reportedly found dead by their neighbors inside their family apartment in Constanta, Romania. And more heartbreaking was finding the dead mother beside their nine-year-old son’s body who had just died of cancer while the father was found hanging in their kitchen.

An article by Tanveer Mann published by Metro on November 6 disclosed that Nicholas Arava and his wife Vangheli, were so devastated following the death of their dearly loved son, Cristian Dimitris Arava, that they decided to join their offspring even in the afterlife.

As per preliminary investigation by prosecutor Sadic Zafer, reports say that Vangheli hanged herself first; after which Nicholas laid her body next to their son and both were covered with a blanket. Afterwards, Nicholas reportedly took his own life by hanging himself in the kitchen.

Gemma Mullin mentioned in her article on The Mirror that investigators found a 13-page farewell letter from the parents. The letter, apparently, tells of their heartbreak in details which began several years ago when their son, who was then only two years old, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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Photo Credit: Metro

“I felt like I was dying myself when I heard the diagnosis. I can’t express the pain that two parents feel when finding such terrible news about their child. He was only two years old,” as narrated by the boy’s mother on a computer blog written seven years ago.

Pain was so evident in the grieving mother’s heart as her words expressed that: “There was little hope for him as the tumor was growing continuously and doctors said surgery would be impossible.”

An article by The Sun published on November 7 quoted the last words posted on the blog by Vangheli saying, “Our only hope that Cristian is a lucky child and the tumor will stop growing is now shattered. The thought that every moment could be fatal, it drives me crazy.”


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