8-year-old Caleb Ray went to school, came home to do his homework, changed into his soccer uniform and headed to his first practice of the season.
A few hours later, he collapsed and died on the field.
Incident happened last Thursday afternoon.
According to Caleb’s mother, Kristy Ray, it was just after practice when Caleb — whose 4-year-old sister Maggie was also nearby playing soccer — ran back onto the field to kick the ball around.
A grieving Kristy, 40, told PEOPLE:
“He told his friend Alex that he couldn’t chase him anymore and that his stomach hurt. He sat down on his ball and then my husband walked out,” adding that his symptoms quickly took a turn for the worse.
“He said, ‘Daddy, I can’t see, I can’t see.’ He collapsed and started convulsing.”
The ambulance came within minutes and 30 minutes later Caleb arrived at the hospital.
His parents held his hand as the doctors continued to give him chest compressions, but it was too late, says Kristy.
“It had been 45 minutes since his heart had stopped,” she adds, “and there was no hope. He wasn’t coming back.”
Kristy says the autopsy will take six to eight weeks but Caleb’s parents believe their son died from cardiac arrest.
In the six days since her son’s sudden death, Kristy and her husband Ryan Ray, 35, are trying to come to terms with the fact that Caleb isn’t coming back.
“There’s no way to prepare for this,” says Kristy, a private caregiver. “There are no words to describe how we feel but it’s just devastating.”