Mel and Robert Smith described their last day with their 11-year-old son, George, as “perfect,” Lincolnshire Live reports.

The family of seven had spent a lovely day together. George, being a life-long asthma sufferer, had suffered an attack early in the evening. Although an ambulance was called, George and his family agreed that he was well enough to stay at home.

Hours later, however, George suffered from another attack, from which he did not recover. Mel recalled:

“He was coughing again and I asked him if he was OK and he said no. He said ‘I am sorry.’  He fell backwoods (sic) and I struggled to call the ambulance out of panic.

We don’t know how we are going to get through this. I think he had an attack and his heart failed him. It was our worst nightmare.”

She added:

“It’s always been our fear that he would not recover from an attack.”

George was treasured by his tight-knit circle of friends and family. Mel described her son as “amazing,” saying that she was always getting told “what a lovely boy he was.”

Lincolnshire Live reports that George’s death left “a huge hole” in his sisters’ lives, saying that he loved his sisters “more than anything.”

Of George, his best friend Harry said:

“George was very special to everyone who loved him. He loved playing and exploring his surroundings. He was my best friend because when I was upset he would make me happy again. He was clever and loved a game of football.”

A friend set up a JustGiving fundraising page to help ease the financial burden on the Smith family. The Smith family wants to send George off in style, asking Audi owners to drive in the procession, as George one day hoped to own an Audi himself.

George had hopes of becoming a YouTuber and owning a farm one day in the future, too. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Mel said:

“You never really know what love is until you have a child.”

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