Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has been told he has just weeks to live as an aggressive form of cancer takes its toll on his young body, his devastated mother has revealed.
Writing in an emotional and tragic post on Facebook, mother Gemma said her ‘heart has been broken in two’ by the news that her six-year-old is losing his battle with neuroblastoma, which affects around 100 children in the UK every year, faster than first believed.
She also revealed that Bradley is having to endure severe pain in his legs and arms as tumours continue to develop rapidly in his lungs, reducing the amount of oxygen he can absorb.
Gemma wrote: ‘Bradley has been having radio therapy to help control the pain he was having in his leg. This has helped but unfortunately pain has started else where now due to tumours growing all over.
‘On Thursday after Bradley’s last radio he took poorly and his saturation levels where very low (this is the amount of oxygen he is getting into his body), because we weren’t at the RVI where he is normally treated the nurse had to get an ambulance to blue light him there.
‘Once we were there Bradley’s consultant checked him over and sent him for a chest X-Ray. The results were devastating, all of Bradley’s tumours have grown really fast.
‘The reason his oxygen levels are low is because there isn’t much room in his lungs now. I was told Bradley has now only got weeks to live because of how rapid the cancer is spreading.
‘My heart is broken in two, it is too soon for this to happen, it should never be happening to start with. My baby has had to put up with so much over the past 4 years and now he has to suffer a painful death.’
Bradley Lowery has won the hearts and minds of a nation with his brave battle against the rare form of cancer, especially in football circles where his fandom of Sunderland has seen him strike up a close relationship with Jermain Defoe.
He has been mascot for England, helping to raise awareness of the disease while his foundation continues to raise thousands of pounds for the poor children who suffer from it.