Three-year-old chokes to death on toy in pregnant mother's arms

Three-year-old Alby Davis died on Monday.
Three-year-old Alby Davis died on Monday. Photo credit: Instagram / Alby Davis

An Australian mother has shared her grief online after her three-year-old son choked to death in her arms after getting a bouncy ball stuck in his throat.

"Our worst nightmare became our daily reality," pregnant Anna Davis posted on Instagram alongside a photo of Alby Davis, who died on Monday.

He'd been playing with a bouncy ball which had arrived earlier that morning as an early birthday present, but it became stuck in his windpipe.

Despite his mother's frantic attempts to save him he passed away in her arms, a GoFundMe donations page set up by a family friend says.

"Minutes pass like hours," Ms Davis, who owns a children's toys business, said.

"The gaping hole in our lives and hearts is completely incomprehensible.

"We adore you beyond belief, our sweet little fox. Forever three, forever free."

The photo, posted on Tuesday, got more than 35,000 likes in two days, and thousands of comments of condolences and support - the majority from strangers.

Ms Davis has since made a second post, thanking those people for their love.

"No words could ever express the depths of our gratitude for the outpouring of love we have received since our worst nightmare became our daily reality.

"During this time of immense grief, your thoughts, prayers, sympathy and tears have enveloped and uplifted us, and we could never thank you enough for your overwhelming generosity and support."

The GoFundMe page has fundraised nearly $200,000 in two days.