Emotional moment nine-year-old girl with incurable cancer strolls the catwalk with Gok Wan

A nine-year-old girl who is terminally ill and has a rare cancer has revealed she plans to spend whatever time she has left ticking off her bucket list and campaigning for better food in hospitals.

In an emotional interview on This Morning today, Sophie Fairall, who has rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that affects the soft tissues in the body, told hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes that she has already spent time feeding exotic animals in Chessington and even met her. favorite chef Gordon Ramsay.

A heartwarming moment was to see Sophie, who first fell ill during lockdown last summer, walk the runway watched by Gok Wan – while Holly Willoughby also surprised the little girl by joining the interview via video link .

Her mother, Charlotte, explained that the family has decided to stop giving Sophie chemotherapy because they now want her to have a better ‘quality of life’.

She told the show: “It’s not easy knowing the consequences of stopping treatment. Quality of life was more important to us than time.’

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Sophie Fairall, 9, has rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that affects the soft tissues. On her bucket list, she wanted to walk the catwalk, something This Morning presenter Gok Wan helped her on Thursday.

Sophie pictured with her mother Charlotte and father Gareth.  The youngster was first diagnosed with the incurable cancer during the lockdown last summer;  her parents say they have now found quality of life to be the most important thing to them

Sophie pictured with her mother Charlotte and father Gareth. The youngster was first diagnosed with the incurable cancer during the lockdown last summer; her parents say they have now found quality of life to be the most important thing to them

Holly Willoughby, on vacation from the show, also surprised the little girl by joining the interview via a video link - and giving her a Cinderella tiara

Holly Willoughby, on vacation from the show, also surprised the little girl by joining the interview via a video link – and giving her a Cinderella tiara

Sophie was first diagnosed after she started bleeding last summer while staying with her grandparents. Embarrassed, the youngster hid the bleeding at first, but was taken to the emergency room by Mother Charlotte when Sophie confided in her.

In an interview with Young lives versus cancer earlier this month, she explained, “It wasn’t until she came back that I noticed it from washing.

‘I said to her, ‘What’s the matter?’ and she said, “I’m bleeding, but I don’t know why.”‘

Doctors discovered a 12-inch tumor in Sophie’s abdomen, 95 percent of which was removed during a seven-hour operation.

Due to restrictions due to the pandemic, Sophie and Charlotte were away from Charlotte’s two daughters, Lucy and Amelia, and Sophie’s father, Gareth, for weeks.

Charlotte, Sophie's mother, told the show:

Charlotte, Sophie’s mother, told the show: “It’s not easy knowing the consequences of stopping treatment. Quality of life was more important to us than time.’

The family said they also want to improve hospital nutrition, after Sophie's own negative experiences in hospitals in

The family said they also want to improve hospital nutrition, after Sophie’s own negative experiences in hospitals in

Holly Willoughby told the little girl she wanted to meet her and decided to join the chat via a live link from her home in West London

Holly Willoughby told the little girl she wanted to meet her and decided to join the chat via a live link from her home in West London

What is Rhabdomyosarcoma?

Rhabdomyosarcoma is a type of soft tissue sarcoma (tumour).

In the UK, fewer than 60 children are diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma each year. Most of them are under 10 years old. It is more common in boys than girls.

Source: NHS

After nine months of treatment, including chemotherapy, Sophie relapsed and doctors have told the family that the cancer is incurable.

The couple told This Morning: “There is no cure, but Sophie is Sophie and wants to be positive.”

Amelia and Lucy helped their sister come up with a bucket list, and a meeting with top chef Gordon Ramsay was near the top.

Sophie explained that the chef had cooked a hazelnut souffle and said, ‘I love his cooking and I just love him as a person. He was nice. He swore once.’

The family also revealed that the show was high on their list during the day, and Holmes told them, “You’ve chosen us to be part of a list that you have, things you absolutely want to do…”

Ruth told Sophie: ‘Now I know Holly Willoughby is your favorite and I’m sorry she’s not here today because she’s away during her summer vacation, but she sent you a present.

“She was very sorry she couldn’t be there, but I don’t think it will stop her from talking to you!”

Holly Willoughby gave Sophie a tiara she wore when she dressed up as Cinderella in This Morning and told her via video link: ‘When I heard you were on the show, I wanted to be there. I’m sending you a big virtual hug.’

Charlotte told the show that the family also wants to try to improve hospital nutrition, after Sophie’s own negative experiences.

She said: “Sophie has put it on her bucket list that she wants to improve hospital nutrition, partly for children. She describes it as “disgusting”.

“It seems to be different across the country – and also for parents to be fed.

The family also calls on weekends to ask for play assistants in the children's wards.  Charlotte said,

The family also calls on weekends to ask for play assistants in the children’s wards. Charlotte said, “Kids still want to play on the weekends.”

Sophie makes her way down the catwalk, while fashion star Gok Wan watches

Sophie makes her way down the catwalk, while fashion star Gok Wan watches

Concentration: Sophie watches her steps as she strolls down the catwalk

Concentration: Sophie watches her steps as she strolls down the catwalk

The youngster smiles as she reaches the end of the This Morning studio's blue carpet

The youngster smiles as she reaches the end of the This Morning studio’s blue carpet

“She didn’t understand why I wasn’t being fed next to her and she didn’t want me to leave because she was scared or in pain.

“There were times when I didn’t eat or stock up on things that weren’t perishable.”

The family also calls on weekends to ask for play assistants in the children’s wards. Charlotte said, “Kids still want to play on the weekends.”

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