She stayed by his side throughout the whole ordeal.
Blake Ward, 16, was one of three teenagers in the same family to have encountered difficulties while swimming at sea. Emergency responders were able to pull his body out of the water and he was airlifted to a nearby hospital.
But, there’s was nothing the hospital could do to save his life. His family was informed that he had suffered severe brain damage and would never recover.
His parents had to make the heartbreaking decision of turning off his life support machine.
Friends and family gathered to pay their final respects to the teenager. But the pain of his loved ones was encapsulated in one photo when his girlfriend Stephanie Ray gave him one last hug.
She shared the photo on Facebook along with her message: ‘Blake was someone special to me and we had something special and we will always have that. Me and Blake had our ups and downs but we always got through them.’
Today has been the hardest day for me and it will be a day I will never be able to forget 😭😭❤️ as some of you may know…
But just know Blake wasn’t in any pain and he passed away with his family around him and he will forever be missed and he will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget you Blake fly high my baby boy and I’m gonna make you proud love you and I always will.’