Girl, 7, with rare condition has weeks to live after family sold home for treatment


Isla Caton’s family, from Essex, want to make every day Christmas for their little girl who was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer at the age of two. Her mum said: ‘If my love could save her then she would live forever’

Isla Caton, seven, is fighting a rare form of cancer
Isla Caton, seven, is fighting a rare form of cancer

A seven-year-old girl is spending every single day as if it were Christmas in her ongoing battle against cancer.

Isla Caton’s mum vowed to give her daughter everything and fight for her every day after doctors said she might not make it to Christmas.

The brave youngster was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma when she was just two years old and has spent the majority of her life having chemotherapy and operations.

Just 100 children are diagnosed with the rare and aggressive cancer every year.

Parents Nikki and Michael were devastated by Isla’s diagnosis, reports Essex Live.

But Isla kept smiling all the way through her incredibly tough treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

In a heartbreaking Facebook Live video, Nikki tearfully told supporters the devastating news.

Isla was just two when she was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma cancer
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“If my love could save her then she would live forever because she’s my absolute everything,” she said.

“But while she is here, I’m going to make sure she has the best of everything.”

In 2018, Nikki and Michael were told that their daughter had three months to live and launched a fundraising campaign to get her the treatment she needed.

They fought tirelessly to give Isla the best life possible and sold their possessions to take her to Barcelona for life-saving treatment.

The family spent two years in Barcelona for Isla to undergo treatment
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Two years later when the pandemic hit, they returned home and even sold their property to help fulfil their daughter’s needs.

Now the family are making the most of each day after being told Isla has only weeks to live.

In her video uploaded on Monday, Nikki told how doctors would be stopping treatment as there was little more they could do to fight the neuroblastoma.

She said: “Isla had her MRI scan and they called me. I went in the room and I knew what was coming.

“They told me that the cancer had spread which means the chemo wasn’t working. She might not see Christmas.”

Isla has been through countless treatments
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Experts explained that Isla’s bone marrow was failing and they had to stop chemo, giving Isla just weeks left to live.

In a second video, Nikki said: “Isla is still really good in herself so it’s all a bit of a shock.

“We knew there wasn’t much choice out there left without putting her under a lot of illness to make her better.

“We have done that part… and I don’t want her to suffer.”

Nikki thanked viewers for their love and support throughout Isla’s journey which captured the hearts of many including West Ham United’s Mark Noble.

Declan Rice and Tyson Fury are the latest stars to show their support for Isla and have donated signed gear as well as giving messages of support.

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