A DEVASTATED dad is losing hope of seeing his precious son again after the toddler was taken abroad by his ex-wife without his permission.
The last time the 28-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, saw his son was a year ago when he waved goodbye after enjoying his weekend access.
Days later, his ex-wife and her partner left their Sunderland home and flew to Dubai to start a new life, taking the youngster, who is now three, with them.
Despite the devoted dad securing a court order requiring his permission for his son to leave the country and taking his case to the High Court, he has still had no contact with him.
“I feel like I’ve failed my son as a dad,” he said.
“Every parent’s purpose in life is, above all else, to protect their kids and stop them from being harmed.
“When you have that fundamental right taken away from you, it’s instinct to try to do everything you can to fight for it and when you can’t, it’s difficult knowing how to cope with that.”
To date, he has racked up almost £10,000 in solicitors fees and lobbied MPs, the Foreign Office and authorities in the Middle East.
But recently he was dealt the devastating blow that his only hope is to take his fight to the courts in Dubai, which would cost thousands of pounds.
The country is also governed by Sharia law, which means it is unlikely he would win any case.
The dad said: “The cost is just spiralling out of control.
“Despite me working a full-time job and extra jobs to try and pay for it all, I’m close to bankruptcy and can’t fork out any more, I’m in that much debt.
“It’s hard to put into words how the last year has been. It’s totally taken over my life.
“A few times I’ve thought of taking a walk in the woods and finding a nice spot. It’s been absolute hell.
“The only thing that consoles me is that I’ve got a lovely little boy out there and I hope that one day I’ll get to see him again.”