An Iowa teen was supposed to start his freshman year of high school, when he suddenly died of a rare disease.
14-year-old Christopher Bunch, a football player, complained of a headache after football practice. His mother initially thought it was just dehydration.
But, when the teen spent the next 48 hours sleeping, his parents were alarmed. They knew something was wrong.
They took him to the hospital where he was immediately confined to the ICU. Doctors diagnosed Christopher with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, a rare autoimmune disease. ADEM rapidly targets the brain and the spinal cord, and Christopher’s condition took a turn for the worse.
Within a matter of hours, he stopped breathing on his own. His father Elijah Bunch said that from that point on, everything just spiraled downhill.
My heart is so torn into pieces. I am just broken now. I miss my Christopher Bunch so freaking much. I want my boy to…
“His progression went from zero to one hundred in a matter of four hours,” his father said.
The teen passed away only a few days after his diagnosis.The disease is so rare that there were only six cases diagnosed by Iowa doctors this year. ADEM affects children more than adults. This usually happens after a bacterial or viral infection such as a sore throat or cough.
On August 12, Christopher’s father posted on Facebook that the teen had passed away.
Well my son Christopher Bunch your dream is coming true buddy. You now have over 3,000 views on your vlog on YouTube….
“We are so upset to say this, but our gorgeous son Christopher Bunch has gone to be with God at 1:02pm,” he posted. “Please Lord look over my son and take good care of him. My son I love you so much and I will always and forever love you and keep you in my heart.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, a fundraiser for the family has raised more than $16,500. Elijah Bunch expressed his heartfelt gratitude to those who supported them in this difficult time. He mentioned that his son wanted to be a famous vlogger on YouTube one day.
“Well my son Christopher Bunch your dream is coming true buddy,” the father posted. “You now have over 3,000 views on your vlog on YouTube. This is only the beginning my boy. Just make sure that in heaven you are vlogging like crazy. Dad loves you always and forever my blonde hair blue eyed boy.”