A Texas boy and his family were enjoying the Christmas Eve celebrations at a relative’s house when the unthinkable happened.

According to KHOU, while 4-year-old Kade Contreras played in the backyard, a treehouse suddenly collapsed and crushed him. The boy suffered major head trauma.

KHOU reported that the young boy was placed on life support after being airlifted to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Family spokesman Rex Evans described watching his parents cling to hope at his bedside:

“It’s so difficult to watch and to be a part of — to see beautiful people literally on their knees begging for anything. It’s very tough,. As a parent, it’s the worst nightmare you could possibly imagine or as a grandparent. I mean, that’s your baby.”

In a Facebook post, Evans thanked everyone who prayed for the family. He also announced the heartbreaking news that the 4-year-old boy lost his battle Wednesday:

He wrote, in part:

He now rests, laughs and loves among the Heavens above with the Angels.

Kade’s mother, Courtney Contreras, also shared that she’s leaned on her faith and the support of the community, in her own Facebook post:

Courtney wrote:

I will never have the right words to tell you all this but there is such a huge following that i feel like i need to.

Our sweet baby boy went home to be with Jesus today at 4:18 pm. I’m trying really hard to not question the whys because i will never know that. All that I know for sure is that we were blessed beyond measure to be Kade Dylan’s parents. My days will never be the same without him and his little voice and big smile.

I can’t say thank you enough for everyone and how much you lifted my family up. I’ll ask one more time to lift us up in peace and understanding. This is the the most gut wrenching feeling and it’s going to be hard for a long time..

Even as she mourns the death of her son, Kade’s mom still beams with pride, as she ends the post:

“Our baby is extraordinary just like i have always said. He brought so many people closer together and closer Jesus. He has never made us so proud.”

Watch a story about the devastating accident below.

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