Leeds mum's tribute to sudden death son

A mum who devoted a lifetime to caring for her disabled son has paid a heartfelt tribute to him after his sudden death, aged just 22.

Christopher Beaumont, who had suffered from muscular dystrophy since childhood, passed away at his home in Wortley, Leeds, on December 19 after returning from a party at a friend's house.

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It is believed he died from heart failure, leaving his mum, Lynne, 54, and his whole family devastated.

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"Christopher was my life and I will miss him so much," Lynne said. "When he needed me, I was there. I gave him the best life he could have ever had and now I feel lost without him. I have so many happy memories - he was my world."

Christopher was five years old when he was diagnosed with the incurable Duchenne's strain of muscular dystrophy, the most severe type which weakens the body's muscles.

By nine years of age, he was confined to a wheelchair. Despite the many hardships he faced, Lynne, who has three other children, says the youngster never complained. At 16, he went to away to college in Coventry to study media and photography and was described as the model student.

She added: "Christopher just got on with things and grew into an independent and confident young man. He lived away from home for four years and when he returned, he wanted his own space so I moved out of the family home so he could live there.

"I'd fought to have it adapted for Christopher's wheelchair so it was perfect for him. We bickered sometimes when I pampered him too much but there were days when all he wanted was a hug from his mum.

"This is such a cruel disease. I can't believe he's gone."

On the day of his death, Christopher had been to watch his favourite team Leeds United play. He returned home later that night and was found by a carer in the early hours who was unable to wake him.

"He'd had a great day with friends, enjoyed a few drinks and I personally believe his heart couldn't take it," Lynne said. "People with MD go to sleep and never wake up, that's what can happen. It brings me comfort knowing he died peacefully."

In July last year, Lynne complained to the VUE cinema in Leeds after Chris was branded a 'fire hazard' when he moved his wheelchair into the aisle. The cinema promised to look at their facilities for disabled people.

Christopher's funeral will take place at Lawnswood Crematorium on Tuesday, January 11, at 1pm.

A collection will be made for the Martin House Hospice where he received respite care.