A mum has paid tribute to her “little superman” after he lost his battle with illness.
Kieran McAllister, 15, passed away on March 12 after a brave struggle against a range of complex lifelong medical conditions, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Although he endured numerous hospital admissions – the final one lasting for 11 months before he was discharged in December – the teenager, of Sheddocksley, Aberdeen, always kept a smile on his face.
Sadly his health deteriorated in the last year of his life and doctors gave his family the heartbreaking news nothing more could be done shortly before he was discharged.
Kieran’s courage and his positive outlook on life were amazing
Mum Karen Robertson, 46, said her son’s story inspired everyone he met and said he would be remembered for his infectious smile.
Karen said: “Kieran lived his life to the full. If anyone told him he couldn’t do something he proved them wrong.
“He was, and forever will be, in our eyes the strongest little superman I’ve ever met, defying the odds against him each time.
“For a mother I couldn’t have asked for anything more in a son. He was caring, funny, strong and overall just had a heart of gold.
“Kieran inspired me every day and helped me become the person I am, but he was also an inspiration to so many.
“His courage and positive outlook on life were amazing, and he had an unforgettable smile that could light up a room.
“That’s something which will stay with me and many others.”
As well as his proud mum, Kieran is also survived by his dad Mark, 46, and brothers Jamie and Jack, who are 25 and 16 respectively.
His family and friends are hoping to arrange a resounding send-off for the youngster, with his funeral cortege set to be accompanied by a fleet of cars and motorbikes.
The convoy has been organised by family friend Gail Paterson, 43, who set up the Eileidh Rose Puddles Project in memory of her daughter, who died of neuroblastoma in 2017 at the age of five.
The fund aims to support families through life- threatening or terminal illness or bereavement, and almost £1,500 has been raised to support Kieran’s relatives.
The families met while their children were being treated in hospital.
Gail, from Forres, said: “Sitting in a supercar was something that was on Kieran’s bucket list.
“Sadly he wasn’t able to do it, so we thought it would be nice to do it now.
“We have already had a huge response. There are four or five groups of bikers coming along, but we would like there to be some more cars there too.
“Kieran was always happy and smiling. No matter how much pain he was in, he always had a smile on his face.
“I have been through it with Eileidh so I know what Kieran’s family are experiencing just now. I want to do as much as I can because Karen was a rock for me.”
Karen said: “I want to thank Gail for everything she has done for us – not just over the last week but over the last year since Kieran’s health deteriorated.
“She has been grieving for her own child yet she’s been my rock this year.
“Eileidh doted on Kieran and they spent long periods of their life fighting their battles together in hospital. I get a lot of comfort believing she is showing him round up there.”
Anyone wishing to take part in Kieran’s convoy should meet at the Lang Stracht end of Springhill Road no later than noon tomorrow.
The convoy will accompany Kieran’s horse and carriage to Aberdeen Crematorium.
Those with cars should message the Kieran’s Journey or Eileidh Rose Puddles Project Facebook pages in advance.