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Son of disabled model passes away

alison lapper with her son parysa
alison lapper with her son parysa Image credit: thesun.co.uk

The son of disabled artist Alison Lapper has passed away after almost twenty years since his pregnant mother posed for a poignant sculpture in Trafalgar Square.

Visitors to the London landmark between 2005 and 2007 passed the iconic plinth which was later replicated for the Olympics in 2012.

Alison, who was born with phocomelia, was eight months pregnant when she modelled for the sculpture.

At the time she said: "It was hell. My body had to be encased in a plaster cast.

"It was so heavy I thought Parys was going to pop out there and then.

"But the result was more than worth it. When I saw the sculpture I was overwhelmed. I'm looking forward to the unveiling -and will be taking Parys with me.

"I'll be glad for him to see me up there, because I see the statue as a celebration of motherhood -and I'm just an ordinary mum."

Her son, Parys, died last week at the age of 19. He was one of the youngsters featured on BBC’s Child of Our Time which intended to follow the lives of a group of young people until they turn 20.

His funeral will be held in Sussex on Thursday which will hopefully see a procession of Parys first love, motorbikes.

Alison’s fiancé Si Clift said: "Ali has expressed a dear wish that she would absolutely love to see as many noisy motorbikes as possible to escort Parys on his final journey from her home to celebrate his life."

The cause of Parys Lapper’s death has not been disclosed.