We bet Claudia Burkill’s family is counting themselves among the luckiest in the world.
The eight-year-old was diagnosed with metastatic pineoblastoma, a malignant brain tumor when she was just five. The doctors had no hope and told her family on various occasions that the girl only had weeks to live.
Claudia’s relatives had even planned her funeral. It must have been a traumatic experience for them and one can only imagine the relief when she miraculously beat the odds.
“Claudia is cancer-free and no longer classed as terminally ill,” Mrs Burkill wrote on her daughter’s Facebook page. “A miracle has happened, it really has. I just can’t stop shaking.”
When she was initially diagnosed, her family was understandably shattered but refused to give up. They agreed to try out an experimental Italian treatment involving 44 sessions of radiotherapy.
The sessions took place and the family’s determination paid off.
While the child suffered some residual brain damage due to the treatment, it seems a small price to pay.
The Burkill family is just glad their little angel is still with them and the nightmare is over.
They have a lot to celebrate and are eagerly preparing for the special care Claudia will need.
Today we took delivery of Claudia's 'new wheels' that should help her posture & comfort. Our thanks to Fiona & Phil x #vroomvroom— Claudia's Cause (@ClaudiasCause) June 12, 2014
Claudia had 1st bath using bathing aid this morning...or as 'normal people' like us call it, a waterproof camp bed in the bath!! #grandtitle— Claudia's Cause (@ClaudiasCause) June 6, 2014
Her miraculous recovery has given hope to others around the world.
This is incredible. She is a medical miracle http://t.co/0QB9hiDHUK— Sam Morris (@sam_morris89) June 7, 2014
Doug Thomson will be riding in honour of Claudia. Fantastic news that she has been given the all clear from Cancer! http://t.co/zA0PKf4vC3— NottsLifecycle (@uonLifecycle) June 9, 2014
8yo girl who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer 3yrs ago becomes first person in the world to beat the illness: http://t.co/mwfYpwiIPS— PerthNow (@perthnow) June 12, 2014
Heartwarming news: Little Claudia Burkill, who was diagnosed with aggressive cancer and lost speech, given ALL CLEAR http://t.co/hVOLPAdC9a— Mark Williams (@MarkWilliamsHDM) June 7, 2014
“This is a very difficult brain tumor to treat so I am delighted that three years later Claudia has beaten the odds,” said her doctor Sophie Wilne. Here’s hoping that others in a similar situation experience the same miracle.