It seems like the in the world today more and more children are getting ill… illnesses that you wouldn’t usually expect children to have but these are the children that are changing the way we all see the world. They are making us see the truth, that illness and even death isn’t always fair. So here are a few of the children that have touched the hearts of millions…
Bradley Lowery (17th May 2011 – 7th July 2017)
Everyone has heard the story of brave Bradley’s battle against neuro blastoma from his diagnosis when he was just 18 months old. He fought for a long time and at one point it was thought that the little one had won his fight but he relapsed and lost his battle in early July. The youngsters friendship with former Sunderland player, Jermain Defoe tugged at the heart strings of many as the whole world seemed to watch them grow a bond that seemed unbreakable.
Charlie Gard (Born: 4th August 2016)
Charlie Gard was born in August 2016 and seemed perfectly healthy but soon after his health began to deteriorate and it was found that the tot has a disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, as both of his parents Connie and Chris were unknowingly carrying the faulty gene. The parents were told by the staff of Great Olmond Street hospital that their child would not be well enough to travel to the US for treatment. The parents took court action and the legal battle has been publicised for months but this week they called off the court case because of their child’s health. The family now want Charlie to die peacfully at home but the doctors are refusing that too.
The court cases has resulted in the doctors at the hospital recieving death threats.
Eileidh Rose Paterson (14th March 2017 – 1st July 2017)
Eileidh Rose Paterson was born on 14 March 2012, weighing 6lb 1oz. Her life changed in May 2014 when she was just 2 years old as she started to experience difficulty breathing. Her mother, Gail, also noticed that Eileidh’s tummy was bloated. Their GP prescribed medication for trapped wind and told them to return the next day if Eileidh was no better. The family GP immediately arranged for Eileidh to be seen at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. After many tests throughout the night, Gail was taken into a small room and told the devastating news that a tumour had been found in Eileidh’s abdomen and that an MRI scan was needed. Unfortunately the scan results showed that she had Stage 4 High Risk neuroblastoma. In her final days the family arranged for Eileidh to have her dream wedding with her best friend.
Albie Joe Ramshaw (Born: November 2015)
Albie-Joe Ramshaw was diagnosed with leukaemia aged just six-weeks-old in December 2015. He was taken to a walk-in centre by loving mum India for problems with his chest when the problem was first uncovered. The plucky youngster was given steroids and feeding tubes during the course of his chemotherapy. In September last year, Albie’s blood tests showed that he was winning his battle as his blood count tests were rising but over the in the last few months the he has become ill again after relapsing. By the start of this year, his hair was growing back after undergoing chemotherapy treatment but recently Albie, of Houghton, has taken a turn for the worse which has left him in need of a bone marrow transplant. Now fundraisers are being held for the youngster in an attempt to raise £5000 to cover hospital costs for the family.