‘We can’t contain the pain’: courageous mother battling cancer for the second time tragically loses 11-year-old daughter to leukemia
- Kiwi mom Frances Thompson was diagnosed with colon cancer last year
- During her recovery, another tumor was found in Mrs. Thompson’s liver
- During chemo, her daughter Katherine was diagnosed with leukemia
- The 11-year-old died on June 26 after a fungal infection entered her body
A mother battling cancer for the second time has lost her 11-year-old daughter to leukemia.
Frances Thompson, of Southland, New Zealand, recovered from colon cancer last year when another tumor was found in her liver.
During chemotherapy during coronavirus locking, Mrs. Thompson’s daughter, Katherine, was diagnosed with leukemia.
Katherine was sent to Christchurch for treatment, but while she was in the hospital, a fungal infection entered her small body.
Katherine (center) died on June 26 while her mother Frances was battling cancer for the second time
The critically ill girl was taken back to Southland to receive palliative care at Invercargill Hospital.
She died on June 26.
“We can’t understand the pain and grief you’re dealing with today,” said a post on the Givealittle page of an extended family.
“Our thoughts and prayers of support, love and strength continue for Frances, Amelia, Jack and family.
“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away. Rest peaceful beautiful girl. ‘
In just two weeks, nearly $ 15,000 was raised on the crowdfunding page.
What is leukemia
Leukemias are cancers of the white blood cells that start in the bone marrow.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is the most common form of leukemia in Australia.
Most people diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia have an abnormal chromosome called the Philadelphia chromosome.
It has also been linked to exposure to high levels of radiation.
In 2019, 2,609 men and 1,642 women in Australia were diagnosed with leukemia.
The five-year survival rate is 62 percent.
SOURCE: Australian government