A photo of a teenage girl from Britain hugging her boyfriend goodbye just before his life support is tuned off has recently been going viral on the internet.
The tear-jerking photo captures the emotional moment Stephanie Ray, 15, bidding farewell to her boyfriend Blake Ward from Dudley, 16. He was tragically swept out to sea on Tuesday 31 July.
Blake was among the three teenagers who were rescued from Tywyn, Gwynedd in North West Wales after they were swept to the sea from the shore when on a family trip.
It is reported that he went for a swim to cool down in the heat and swept out by the sea currents.
Police, paramedics, two coastguard teams, two helicopters, and three lifeboats were called to the seafront to reports of boys in the water. He was flown to Liverpool Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and placed on a life support.
Since his brain was severely damaged, doctors and next of kin agreed to switch off the life support to end his life. As a way of saying goodbye, Stephanie climbed to his bed lay down next to him, placed one of the Blake’s arm around her, and rested her head on his chest. They were photographed sharing this final moment of intimacy.
Stephanie was all through at his side from the time he was pulled from the water until he was let go.
Stephanie took to Facebook and described her boyfriend as ‘loving and caring.’
“Today’s been the hardest day for me and it’ll be a day I’ll never be able to forget,” she wrote.
“As some of you may know Blake was involved in a terrible accident on Tuesday. I’ve been by his side through it all and I haven’t left him. Blake was a loving, caring person and would do anything for anyone.
“We were told yesterday that Blake would never recover and his brain was too damaged and we had to make the hard decision of turning his machine off and let him go.”
She further explained how important Blake was to her, even in their ‘ups and downs’
“Blake was someone special to me and we had something special and we’ll always have that.
“Blake and I had our ups and downs but we always got through them.
“But just know Blake wasn’t in any pain and he passed away with his family around him and he’ll forever be missed.
“He’ll always have a special place in my heart and I’ll never forget you Blake, fly high my baby boy and I’m going to make you proud, love you and I always will,” she continued.
According to the MailOnline the condition and fate of the other two boys is not known.
Many other people paid heartfelt condolences to the boy.
Local coastguard performed a fly-past on the event of Caderman, a triathlon in Tywyn where participants observed a moment of silence.
The headmistress at Hillcrest school and Community College in Netheron where Blake schooled paid tribute to him in a speech.