An inspirational 10-year-old girl who raised thousands of pounds for cancer has died after her family made a painful decision.
Little Sophie Fairell was living with a rare type of cancer that forms in a baby’s soft tissue.
The young man from Stubbington, Hampshire was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in September last year and was undergoing various treatments.
Sophie had several surgeries as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Sadly in June, Sophie’s cancer returned and the family decided to put together a list of activities she could do.
These included cooking with TV chef Gordon Ramsey and raising £50,000 for a children’s cancer charity Alice’s Ark.
Sophie also received messages of support from the England football team, and captured the hearts of the nation when she appeared on This Morning in July.
During the show, he told the hosts that the doctors gave him only six months to live.
Viewers took to social media following her appearance, with many saying they were “left in tears”, and that Sophie was “absolutely delightful”.
Sophie also received a tiara from presenter Holly Willoughby, who appeared via video link to give her a virtual hug.
The girl’s grieving mother, Charlotte, confirmed her daughter’s death on social media yesterday, Mirror informed of.
Posting online, she said that her daughter has “much more to offer” and this should not have happened.
She explained that they had to make the decision to stop Sophie’s treatment which was not easy.
She wrote: “We know the consequences of discontinuing treatment.
“I think for us, quality of life was definitely more important at the time. Selfishly, for us, it would be time.
“But we thought, really, with the effects of chemo and this new chemo that we were on wasn’t really working, we realized that really [right] The decision was to stop the treatment.”
What is rhabdomyosarcoma?
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a type of soft tissue sarcoma that grows in the active muscles of the body.
They are extremely rare – around 3,300 new cases are diagnosed each year in the UK.
These are the muscles we control (for example, to move an arm or a leg).
The most common locations for rhabdomyosarcoma are the head, neck, bladder, vagina, arms, legs, and trunk of the body.
Very rarely, rhabdomyosarcoma can also be found in other locations, such as in the prostate gland, middle ear, and bile duct system.
There are three types of rhabdomyosarcoma that affect different age groups:
- Fetal rhabdomyosarcoma
- Most common in young children, often appearing in the head and neck area, and especially in the tissues around the eyes
- alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma
- Occurs in older children and adolescents, occurs more often in the arms, legs, chest, or abdomen
- pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma
- Usually occurs in middle-aged people; It is slightly more common in men than in women for unknown reasons.
Sophie had a 12-inch tumor that was removed in September last year, but it recurred in June and her family was told there was no cure.
The girl remained positive and her mother said she would “light up the room wherever she goes”.
“Sophie had so much to give and it shouldn’t have been. She was the prettiest, funny, caring, strongest girl ever.
“Who would have thought that a 10-year-old could have such a huge impact on so many people.
She said, “I’m completely broken, the pain I can’t even describe, all I can say is it’s the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. A part of me died today and I’ll never be there again,” she said. I won’t be the same as before.”
There will be a minute of applause at Plymouth FC tonight to honor Sophie.
It will be held at the ten-minute mark to mark each year of his life.
The club is looking to join supporters in clapping to raise as much money as possible for the cancer charity Alice’s Ark.
To donate to the campaign you can go here just giving Page.
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