Four months ago, Claudia Burkill’s family announced that her terminal brain cancer was in remission and she was no longer classed as terminally ill. Their happy news was shared around the world
But last night, only a few short months after celebrating a miracle, Claudia’s family announced that she had passed away in her sleep, aged 8.
The announcement was made on the family’s Facebook page, Claudia’s Cause:
Claudia, of Mount Rasen in England, was told by doctors that she had metastatic pineoblastoma, a malignant brain tumour, at the age of five. Three years to the day of her diagnosis, Claudia’s parents were told that she was miraculously cancer-free after an experimental treatment called the Milan Protocol.
Since being given the all-clear, Claudia had been suffering from pneumonia and lung issues, which are believed to have caused her death. A few days ago, Claudia’s mother posted a picture of Claudia surrounded by her pets, noting “I swear that animals understand”.
The Burkill family, including parents David and Andrea and Claudia’s siblings Abigail, Esme and Zachery have asked for privacy while they grieve this beautiful and brave little girl.
Mamamia covered Claudia’s story four months ago and readers celebrated her recovery with the rest of the world. We are all saddened to hear of her passing today. In June we shared this story about a tough little girl and a family who never gave up:
Claudia Burkill was only five when she was diagnosed with brain cancer — and told she had only had six weeks to live.
But that prognosis was three years ago. And miraculously, the brave little girl has now defied doctors’ expectations — by becoming the first person in the world to beat her rare form of the disease.
Claudia, from Lincolnshire in the UK, first became ill in June 2011, when she began vomiting on a family holiday.
She was originally told she had a virus — but a second visit to hospital and several tests, including a CT-scan and an MRI saw doctors diagnose her with a squint and gave the family some plasters and instructions to return for an eye test in six weeks.
But Mrs Burkill was not satisfied with the diagnosis.
She had Claudia transferred to another hosptial, Queens Medical Centre Nottingham — “and that is where our long, difficult and painful journey started,” Mrs Burkill says, writing on website Claudia’s Cause.
A lethal tumour was found at the centre of tiny Claudia’s brain, and the prognosis was dire.