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New Zealand Mum battling cancer for a second time loses 11-year-old daughter to leukaemia 

‘We cannot comprehend the pain’: Brave mum battling cancer for a second time tragically loses 11-year-old daughter to leukaemia

  • Kiwi mother Frances Thompson was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year
  • While she was recovering another tumour was found in Ms Thompson’s liver
  • While undergoing chemo her daughter Katherine was diagnosed with leukaemia
  • The 11-year-old died on June 26 after a fungal infection invaded her body

A mother battling cancer for a second time has lost her daughter, 11, to leukaemia. 

Frances Thompson, from Southland in New Zealand, was recovering from bowel cancer last year when another tumour was found in her liver.

While undergoing chemotherapy during coronavirus lockdown, Ms Thompson’s daughter Katherine was diagnosed with leukaemia. 

Katherine was sent to Christchurch for treatment, but while in hospital a fungal infection invaded her tiny body. 

Katherine (centre) was died on June 26 while her mother Frances was battling cancer for the second time. Pictured with her father Jack and sister Amelia

The gravely ill little girl was taken back to Southland to receive palliative care at Invercargill hospital. 

She died on June 26.  

‘We cannot comprehend the pain and grief you are facing during this time,’ a post on the Givealittle page set up by extended family said.

‘Our thoughts and prayers of support, love and strength are continuing for Frances, Amelia, Jack and family.

‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away. Rest peacefully beautiful girl.’

Nearly $15,000 has been raised on the crowdfunding page in just two weeks. 

What is leukaemia 

Leukaemias are cancers of the white blood cells, which begin in the bone marrow. 

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia is the most common type of leukaemia in Australia. 

Most people diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia have an abnormal chromosome called the Philadelphia chromosome. 

It has also been linked to exposure to high levels of radiation. 

2,609 men and 1,642 women in Australia were diagnosed with leukaemia in 2019. 

The five year survival rate is 62 per cent. 

SOURCE: Australian Government 


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