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What a sad ending to this story!

December 8th, 2009, 08:55 AM
RIP LITTLE MAN! :candle:

My heart goes out to this little boy's family! May he rest in peace!


The Nova Scotia boy rescued after spending two frigid nights in the woods has died.

James Delorey, 7, died overnight at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, the children's hospital confirmed Tuesday.

Hospital officials said the little boy's family was at his bedside. They said the family wanted to thank everyone involved in his care and would have more to say at some point.

Delorey was found Monday afternoon huddled in an area of thick brush and snow about a kilometre from his home in South Bar, near Sydney. He was unconscious and suffering from hypothermia and was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Delorey was the subject of a massive search that involved search-and-rescue crews from around the province and hundreds of community volunteers.

The boy disappeared from his home on Saturday afternoon, apparently following the family dog, Chance, out of the backyard. He was dressed in jeans, a shirt and a vest nothing fit for the cold weather that later hit the area.

Delorey had autism and didn't speak, which meant searchers had to alter their regular techniques. They yelled out key words for the boy, such as "pizza," and hoped by alerting Chance, the dog would lead them to Delorey.

Police also sought advice from a mother who has a child with autism.

The dog returned home on Monday morning. Searchers later found Delorey by a brook near Kilkenny Lake.

Search-and-rescue officials said no one will know for sure how the boy survived in the snow and cold, but they suspect the thick brush may have helped and he may have huddled with Chance.

Golden Girls
December 8th, 2009, 09:08 AM
What a heartbreaking story :sad: When the media announced yesterday morning the dog had returned my heart sank feeling the dog left this boy's side only after it was too late. I think they backtracked the dogs pawprints and found him.

May he rest in peace :candle:

Dog Dancer
December 8th, 2009, 10:06 AM
This story broke my heart also. At least the family was with him when he passed away. I do believe that even if you are unconscious you know when your loved ones are with you. RIP sweet young man.

December 8th, 2009, 10:21 AM
I just saw this too...:cry::cry::cry:

It is so heartbreaking after soooooooooooooo many did soooooooooooooo much to find him.

Bless his parents and family at this unbearably sad time

December 8th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Yes, this was an extemely sad ending indeed. :sad:

My heart goes out to his family. :candle:

December 8th, 2009, 02:13 PM
Such a sad story indeed. My heart soared when they announced that they had found him, even tho he was in critical condition. I was hoping he would be one of the miracles that you hear about when it comes to hypothermia.
My heart sank this morning when I heard he had passed away.:sad:

My prayers go out to his family and all those that searched for this little boy.

the gang
December 8th, 2009, 04:32 PM
this is truley sad for the family- if it was not for the dog the little boy might not have been found:candle: i heard on the news the little boy did not like the dog, but in my heart i know the pup stayed with him till the end, thank god the pup went back so the parents could at least try and have some closure:candle:brenda and the pins