This girl is a beam of sunshine. Such an inspiration!
A brave girl fighting cancer believes the life-saving medical treatment to shrink her brain tumour is “magical fairly sparkles” helping her hair to grow like a Disney princess.
Every time Lilly Hartley undergoes a chemotherapy session she believes a magic wand is pumping sparkles into her head, making the hair she lost finally grow back.
Her dad – professional golfer David Hartley – told the Newcastle Chronicle: “Lilly loves princesses, and she believes only special princesses are allowed the sparkles which make their hair grow.”
Now, as her family revealed their pride in the little star’s never-give-up attitude, Lily has been won the backing of the likes of NUFC player Ryan Taylor.
David, 28, who is based at Slaley Hall in Northumberland, said: “She is such an incredibly happy little girl and thinks what is happening to her is just normal.”
Lilly was just two when her family first started noticing she was feeling unwell and appearing to struggle with her balance.
After several hospital visits, the toddler, of Chester-le-Street, was referred to the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI). There, tests revealed a “low grade glimo” tumour on Lilly’s brain.
A 10-hour operation followed to remove the tumour, leaving David and wife Claire waiting anxiously for news.
David said: “It was horrendous, our lives just changed forever.”
After several days in intensive care, and weeks in hospital, Lilly was finally allowed to return home.
But the family, including little brother Sonny, three, were dealt a devastating blow when, in October 2013, scans revealed the tumour was growing again.
More surgery followed, but in June last year, just as they returned from a summer holiday in Crete, a further scan revealed the tumour had again returned.
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