Suffering Dad Shares His Dying Little Daughter's Fight Against Cancer

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Andy Whelan was the father of a 4-year-old little girl, Jessica. Jessica had neuroblastoma, a type of cancer. Their story appeared on Indiatimes. The suffering father took pretty striking photos of the true face of his daughter's struggle. It was said that Jessica had only a few weeks to live and the treatment was withdrawn as decided by her family.

Now the news is that this cute, little and brave girl, who reduced the world to tears, passed away two days ago.

Jessica and her father were pretty happy before this terminal disease.

The diagnosis was made in September 2015. It was already obvious that Jessica and her family would have very difficult days.

The little girl had been misdiagnosed for the first time and then it was found out that she had stage 4 neuroblastoma in September of last year.

After spending 10 weeks in the hospital, Jessica had another checkup, which revealed a mass in her liver. The family was devastated once again.

The photos of Jessica's struggle and suffering show what a child goes through in the face of cancer, in all its reality.

The father shared the photos with the title "Jessica Whelan- A fight against neuroblastoma." Around 15 thousand people responded, after all losing a child to cancer is a very deep and devastating topic.

Andy, who is a photographer, wrote:

"As a photographer it is important to capture the truth and the reality of the situation. Too easy it becomes to capture the joy of life whilst discarding the torture that we see. This is the hardest photograph I have ever made, it is in fact my own four-year-old daughter."

Neither clinical trials nor chemo were enough to shrink Jessica's tumor. Doctors told the family in October that the tumor was spreading to other parts of her body, as well.

From that moment on, Andy and his wife, Nicky, decided to terminate the treatment and do their best so that Jessica could make the best of her last days.

From that moment on, Andy and his wife, Nicky, decided to terminate the treatment and do their best so that Jessica could make the best of her last days.
From that moment on, Andy and his wife, Nicky, decided to terminate the treatment and do their best so that Jessica could make the best of her last days.

Andy wrote in one of his Facebook posts:

"I now pray that I can guide her to the gates of heaven, that she will be welcomed with open arms by friends that have gone before her. I pray that it now comes quickly and that she suffers no more, this world has been cruel to her, a quarter of her short life spent fighting this battle."

"Please if there is a god I ask only one thing, please take her home soon. My pain at her passing I cannot imagine but it is pain that in time I will learn to cope with, the pain that she suffers is not a pain that can be healed with time."

She was still a princes! She put up her fight, did her best and now she is smiling.

Just like her father said, the bravery of this little girl, who spent her very short life fighting against cancer, might be an inspiration for other little angels.

Here is the Facebook page dedicated to Jessica.

The most recent post is from Andy, announcing the demise of the little girl.

"I feel both sadness and relief in informing you all that Jessica finally found peace at seven o’clock this morning. No longer does she suffer, no longer does she feel the pain of the physical constraints of her body.

Now my princess has grown her angel wings and has gone up to play with her friends and loved ones. She will now watch down over her little brother and ourselves until one day we are reunited again.

Last night she finally allowed me to hold her in my arms and we had a big cuddle as I told her how much I loved her. I told her again that it was okay for her to close her eyes and go to sleep and I kissed her forehead and her lips numerous times. It seems like this is what she needed to finally allow her to find comfort in her passing as within eight hours of this cuddle she finally took her final breath. She was a daddy’s girl from the start and even right up to the end. I feel like a massive part of me has just been torn away but I am so glad that I could give her that comfort in her final hours. She passed peacefully and calmly with not even a murmur.

Thank you to everyone of you who has shared and has been a part of our journey. I ask now for privacy for us and our family as we mourn the loss of our beautiful princess.

From a heartbroken daddy of the most amazing and beautiful girl."

We hope God gives the family immense strength during this hard time of their lives.

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