DEVASTATED family of a 10-month-old baby at the centre of a right to life campaign are calling for an inquiry after his death this week.
Luke Winston-Jones died in the early hours of Friday at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, with his mother and close relatives at his bedside.
The fight over Luke, who had a hole in his heart and suffered from Edwards Syndrome, caught the attention of the nation when his family took a dispute over his treatment to the High Court. The seriously ill baby never left hospital during his brief life.
His heartbroken mum Ruth, formally of Northwich, said: 'I would like to pay tribute to my son. I have lost my best friend and the sunshine in my life. He went painfully.
'Luke's sister and brother, Sophie and Andrew, have lost a wonderful darling brother. He fought so hard and Alder Hey let him down.'
His aunt Jacqueline Kirkham, who lives in Lach Dennis, said that the family held the hospital responsible for his death.
She said: 'He was not dying, that makes it so much worse. We will fight this.'
Muiris Lyons, Ruth's solicitor, said: 'Luke was a real fighter, much loved by his mother and family.
'His family have raised concern about the treatment he received immediately before he died, with particular regard to his resuscitation, and we anticipate that there will now be an inquest into Luke's death.'
The hospital insists everything possible was done to save Luke.
A spokesperson said: 'Luke's condition had significantly deteriorated over the past 48 hours and, so, despite extensive resuscitation lasting over an hour, we were unsuccessful.
'The Trust is confident that it has always acted in the best interests of Luke and have fully complied with the recent ruling from the High Court. We believe that Luke and his family have received the best care available to him at all times.'
Merseyside Police have confirmed that Luke's death has been referred to the Liverpool Coroner and a family liaison officer has been appointed to offer support to the family.
A spokesman said police will be liaising with other agencies and gathering information to present to the coroner for his consideration.