Barrhead residents have rallied round a teenage mum whose baby boy has tragically died at the age of 15 months.

Gypsymarie Codona, 19, has been left devastated by the death of her son Mason-Lee, who bravely battled a number of health issues, including heart and lung problems.

A fundraising drive to help pay for his funeral has raised thousands of pounds.

Mason-Lee spent most of his short life in hospital but Gypsymarie was able to take him back to their Barrhead home last month after doctors told her there was nothing more they could do for him.

He had weighed less than four pounds when born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, in March last year.

Mason-Lee was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC), in Glasgow, after his condition deteriorated.

Gypsymarie told the Barrhead News: “My son was ten weeks premature and I didn’t know about any medical conditions until he was about a week old.

“The hospital then told me that Mason-Lee had three different types of heart defect.

“He also had a rare condition where his body was producing too much insulin and an overactive thyroid.

“It all came as a terrible shock, as you can imagine.”

Mason-Lee underwent three open-heart surgeries but always had a smile on his face.

His health worsened on June 7 and he was taken back to the RHC, where he passed away peacefully in his mum’s arms just minutes later.

Gypsymarie, who lives with her own mum, said: “On May 13, they’d said there was nothing more they could do.

“I was resigned to the fact we wouldn’t have a lot of time together. They said it could be weeks or months before he passed away but it was three precious weeks I had with him.”

Gypsymarie, who works as a shop assistant, said she made the most of her time with Mason-Lee when she got him home.

“Mason-Lee only spent 15 weeks of his life at home and the rest of it in hospital,” she added. “But he battled all the way. He was always happy and always smiling.”

Mason-Lee was buried at St Conval’s Cemetery last week, after a moving service at Hurlet Crematorium.

Donations have poured in to a GoFundMe page set up by Gypsymarie’s 21-year-old sister Megan.

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