A HEARTBROKEN father expressed his sorrow on Facebook when his daughter lost her cancer war six years after the unexpected death of her mother.
Luces Moroney from Heswall, Merseyside, was diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumor in July 2017 with Diffus Instrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
Mercury Press Lucy Moroney was diagnosed with DIPG in July 2017. Lucy had undergone groundbreaking treatment in Mexico to fight the cancer, which currently has a zero-percent survival rate in the UK.
By Friday night, when she died, she had shown signs of progress.
Completely desperate, her father Joe wrote about Facebook's Facebook to collect donations for her treatment: "Lucy, when you were born almost eleven years ago, Mummy and I (mainly Mummy) chose your name.
"Your light burned very brightly, darling."
Mercury Press Her death came six years after her mother unexpectedly died in her family home in 2015 and suffered from a cardiac arrest
He added, "After Mummy and her sister Ruby had their last breaths six years ago, it was traumatic and heartbreaking to see you do the same with almost 16 months' warning.
"But as painful as it was, I did not choose another baby. You were a dream daughter, absolute perfection.
Mercury Press Joe Moroney with his nine-year-old daughter Lucy and seven-year-old daughter AmyMercury Press Lucy on the far right with her sister Amy on the left, cousin Freddie Newman, second cousin, and cousin Elsie Newman, second right as well as gold, so lovely, beautiful and with that purest heart. You must have gotten that from your mummy. "
Joe watched television with 33-year-old Ms. Nicola, who was 24 weeks pregnant, when she suddenly died in front of him.
At the time Lucy was only four and her sister Amy nearly two.
The daughter Ruby was born of an emergency emperor, but died 14 hours later in the arms of her distraught father.
Diffuse intrinsic pontine giloma is a type of high grade brain tumor. High-grade brain tumors tend to grow rapidly and spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord more frequently. They are sometimes referred to as "malignant" or "cancerous".
DIPGs come from an area of ​​the brain, and more specifically from the brainstem, the pons.
The pons is an area deep in the lower part of the brain that is responsible for a number of critical bodily functions such as breathing, sleeping, and blood pressure.
The signs of DIPG vary because the pons and surrounding structures (where the DIPG's are located) are responsible for a variety of different body functions.
A child with DIPG may have abnormal eye alignment and / or diplopia, facial muscle weakness or facial asymmetry (one half of the face different from the other), arm and leg weakness, unstable balance, and co-coordination or difficulty walking and speaking.
If your child is diagnosed with DIPG, surgery to remove the tumor may not always be a viable option because of the dangers that can occur in critical areas of the brain.
Source: The Brain Tumor Charity
Last year, Lucy's Aunt Paula sponsored a fundraiser for Lucy to raise £ 300,000 to fund non-NHS therapies.
Joe wanted to swim with dolphins before their condition worsened.
But her symptoms suddenly got worse. She could no longer swallow fluids but had to rely on a nasal feeding tube and she could not walk without help, sometimes in a wheelchair.
Before Lucy's death, Joe said, "It's the worst tumor a baby can get. It will affect their vision, their breath and their movement.
"It will slowly take over her brain and even if she becomes fully aware and conscious, her body will give up.
"Knowing that you could lose a child in this way is the maximum pain you can imagine."
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