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Two-year-old boy with the ‘most beautiful smile’ dies suddenly in his sleep


The heartbroken family of a two-year-old who died suddenly in his sleep described him as “the happiest boy you’ll ever meet”.

Arlo Canter was found unresponsive on Saturday morning, November 20 in his home in Canton, Cardiff.

Despite the best efforts of emergency responders, the tot could not be saved, with it being understood that he died without warning at some point during the night, according to Wales Online.

He leaves behind his devastated mum Kirsty Houston, dad Cameron Canter and three-year-old brother Teddy, with family and close friends raising funds to help cover funeral costs.

In a post uploaded to Facebook, mum Kirsty said: “Myself and Cameron are absolutely heartbroken to say that Friday night we lost our beautiful baby boy Arlo. As you can imagine we are all broken right now and we know we have so much support and love around us.

“He had the most beautiful smile that would light up the room and we are so proud of the amazing boy he was. There are no words to describe the pain we feel now, but together we are trying to be strong to support Teddy through this hard time.”

Devastated dad Cameron said Arlo had not suffered with any major health issues in his short life apart from mild asthma. He said his son had been his normal, happy self only hours before he died.

“He was dancing and having cwtches with me,” he said. “Whenever you looked at him he would just smile, and his blue eyes would light up the room.

“Personally, I still can’t believe it’s happened. I feel like I need to pick him up from nursery.”

Two GoFundMe pages have been set up to raise money for the family’s funeral costs, one of which has already amassed a total of £7,300. To donate please go here or here.

“I could not be more proud of this community. I’m gobsmacked at how much money has been raised at such short notice,” Cameron added.

A blue balloon release in Arlo’s memory will take place behind Ysgol Gymraeg Treganna, Santorium Road, on Friday, November 26 at 1pm.

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