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MMA star forced to turn off baby son's life support makes heartbreaking plea to drink-drivers

Mirror logo Mirror 7/09/2016 By Alex Wellman

© Provided by Mirror A MMA star who was forced to turn off his 15-month-old son's life support machine after the tragic tot was killed in a horror car smash has made a heartbreaking plea to drink-drivers.

Marcus Kowal took to his Facebook page to post an emotional video just hours after saying goodbye to his beloved son Liam.

The youngster was killed after a horror accident on Saturday when a suspected drink-driver slammed into his pram while it was being pushed across the road by his 15-year-old aunt.

The 15-month-old suffered devastating injuries and heartbroken Marcus and his wife Mishel Eder were forced to say their final goodbyes to their child before his life support machines was switched off yesterday.

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Hours after the emotional farewell, a heartbroken Marcus filmed a video pleading with people to not drink and drive.

He said: "It's been about four hours since I left the hospital where I said goodbye to my 15-month baby for the last time.

"Three days ago he got hit by a drunk-driver.

"I'm not a paid actor. This is not a commercial. This is reality. What I can say is don't drink and drive.

"Don't let a friend drink and drive. Please."

The driver, Donna Marie Higgins, 72, fled the scene but was stopped by fuming passers-by who trapped her in her car until police arrived.

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She was given an on-the-spot sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and felony drunk driving.

Both Liam and the teenager were raced to hospital in California but despite fighting for hours, the tragic tot died yesterday. A GoFundMe page has been set up in Liam's memory.

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Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Marcus Kowal is a professional kickboxer, boxer, and mixed martial arts athlete.

In an earlier post, the devastated dad told followers how his "little fighter" had died.

He said: ""I want to thank everyone who has been there for us, in all forms and shapes.

"Thoughts, prayers, in person - whatever. We've received 100s and 100s of txt messages, emails, fb messages, etc - we are blown away. Your support means the world to us.

"About an hour ago, our baby was declared brain dead. He tried to fight so hard. He even died at one point but they brought him back. He's a little fighter. His heart is still beating but his brain is no longer working.

"Our hearts are broken and there's a void in my soul but we will get through this.

Again, your support means the world and I wish we could respond to each and every one of you but right now, we are going work through this.

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"Thank you."

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He also posted heartbreaking images of him holding his son's hand for the first time and of a medical card showing the tragic youngster's date of birth and death.

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The caption with the photo read: "Good night bebisen (baby), you'll always be with us. Pappa älskar dig (Daddy loves you)."

Higgins posted bail, but Hawthorne Police Department said in a statement that it is planning to pursue additional charges against her.

As news of the tragedy began to spread, friends and other fighters began paying tribute to the youngster and his heartbroken family.

MMA fighter Dmitry Gerasimov posted a short film of the tot to his Instagram page.

He wrote: "I'd never been so close to a life that started from scratch.

"I witnessed his eyes go from darting around the room aimlessly to recognizing faces, his hands swinging around wildly to blowing kisses at people, from crawling like a bear to walking like a penguin, from playing "did-he-poo?" to "peek-a-boo."

"It was a miracle to watch and it changed me in a fundamental way.

"I had a special connection with Liam.

"The impact he made on me will last as long as I do; the joy he brought will live in all who shared it.

"Love you Liam, RIP."

Fellow fighter Christos Giagos posted images of Liam and his parents to his Instagram page with the message: "I'm seriously at a loss for words, life can be so unfair.

"My heart goes out this family. These are the best parents I know.

"Liam I know you will continue to bring smiles to people's faces. RIP."

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page click here.

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