THE death of his eldest child Ivan aged six made David Cameron feel ‘as if the world stopped turning’.
In his memoir, the former PM writes about how he was ‘bursting with pride’ when his wife Samantha gave birth to the couple’s first child in 2002.
But Ivan began having seizures and was diagnosed with Ohtahara syndrome, named after the Japanese physician who first observed it. ‘He could have 20 or 30 (seizures) in a day… his small frame racked with spasms and what looked like searing pain,’ Mr Cameron writes in For The Record, serialised in The Sunday Times.
Ivan died in 2009. ‘Nothing, absolutely nothing, can prepare you for the reality of losing your darling boy in this way,’ Mr Cameron said.