THE devastated mum of a nine year-old boy who accidentally hanged himself in his garden has spoken of her grief.
And bosses as the Leeds football club where he played have also paid tribute to the talented youngster.
Josef Kazzan’s mum Rachel, 43, described the terrifying moment she spotted her son hanging lifeless by a rope at their home in Cleckheaton last Sunday after he had gone out to play.
She said: “I was looking around the house for him, then I looked out of the window and saw him in the tree. I ran out to the tree and clambered up to try and pull him down. I remember his dad Ahmed came out and I passed Joe to him.”
Paramedics were called while members of the family attempted CPR.
Josef was taken to Dewsbury Hospital then transferred to Leeds General Infirmary, where doctors told his parents that the rope had caused him to pass out.
Mrs Kazzan said: “Of course, I’m so thankful that Joe didn’t feel any pain.
“The doctors have told me that he wouldn’t have been able to cry out, he would have fainted immediately.”
Medics battled to keep Josef alive, but on Tuesday the family were told that he had brain stem death and they took the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support.
Mrs Kazzan said: “I’m in shock. As a mother, you just never, ever think that this will happen to you. It doesn’t feel real.
“I never left my kids alone. I can’t believe this happened when I turned my back for such a short period of time. I am just taking one hour at a time because I can’t even begin to think about life without Joe.
“Joe was a beautiful, lovely boy. He was full of life and energy and loved being around people.
“He was one half of his little brother Sam. They were best friends. The family has been torn apart by this.
“The house is quiet, we are broken.”
A statement from Drighlington Juniors AFC said: “It is with profound sadness that the club has to announce the passing of a promising young footballer.
“A little over two weeks ago Joe was collecting his parents player of the year award at our presentation day.”