A ten-year-old girl died after a fight with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Lucy Moroney from Heswall, Merseyside, was diagnosed with DIPG – Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma in July 2017 – reports The Daily Mail.
The cancer currently has a zero-percent survival rate in the UK, and Lucy's family brought her to pioneer treatment in Monterrey, Mexico, after receiving £ 45,000 in donations.
On Tuesday, her family said that the little girl had "struggled and was nearing the end of her life journey" and announced yesterday that Lucy had died sadly.
Her devastating father Joe wrote on Facebook page Lucy's Pineapple Fund: "Lucy, when you were born almost 11 years ago, Mummy and I (mainly Mummy) chose your name, knowing that its meaning was light Light burned very bright, darling.
"After Mummy and her sister Ruby had their last breaths six years ago, it was traumatic and heartbreaking to see you do the same even with an early warning of almost 16 months.
"But as painful as it was to experience, I did not choose to be my beautiful baby in a different place, you were a dream daughter, absolute perfection.
"You never complained during your treatment and you surprised me with your strength, bravery and grace.
"You were beautiful inside and out and I will miss your radiant smile, your amazing sense of humor and your perfect sensitive soul."
"I'll never get over losing you, but I'll never get over loving you, I'll miss you, my beautiful princess, and our special, special bond."
Lucy's diagnosis in 2017 came five years after her mother Nicola, 33, died of cardiac arrest caused by an undiagnosed heart defect while sitting in front of the TV in 2012.
Nicola was 24 weeks pregnant with her third daughter Ruby, who unfortunately lived only 14 hours.
Daughter Amy, now eight, was two at the time and Lucy four.
In October of 2017, Father Joe, who owns a media company in Merseyside, said: "I could not fight for Nicola – I will fight for Lucy as hard as I do.
"Lucy is so like her mother, she always smiles.
"It's the worst tumor a baby can get, and it will affect vision, breath, and movement."
"But even now, with her symptoms getting worse and worse, she's still smiling and she's so positive."
Three years after the trauma of losing Nicola, Joe met his girlfriend Claire Evans, 30, who gave birth to her son Max shortly before Lucy was diagnosed.
DIPGs are aggressive tumors that originate in the brain stem and affect a number of critical bodily functions such as breathing, vision, blood pressure, and coordination.
As the tumors grow, the children remain fully conscious while their bodies give up.
The tumor is inoperative because the cancer cells are interlocking with healthy cells in the pons, the part of the brain responsible for controlling bodily functions.
Currently, a DIPG diagnosis has a nine-month prognosis and a zero-percent survival rate in the UK.
During her treatment in Mexico, Lucy wrote a book "The Spider and the Whale".
The 32-page picture book was inspired by an incident in the bathroom when Lucy saw her mummy washing a spider into the toilet.
Her family said, "We intend to become a charity in the near future and work to create the much-needed awareness of DIPG.
"The spider and the whale will be a great stocking filler, and by buying Lucy's book you will help us with our goal – it will be the legacy of Lucy."
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