Just days before her second birthday, the family of a brave Leeds tot has been dealt a devastating cancer blow.
Sky Sutcliffe, who was diagnosed with an extremely rare combination of acute lymphoblastic and myeloid leukaemia when she was 20 weeks old, had miraculously been deemed cancer-free in June but it has now emerged that the disease has returned.
The Middleton youngster’s parents Amie and Damion, and doting nana Amelia Sockett, were told that despite a recent upturn in her health both forms of the disease are once again present in her blood.
Doctors have deemed that there are no further treatment options for Skye, who turns two on September 18, so her chemotherapy dosage will be doubled to give her a more pain-free quality of life.
In a statement her family has revealed that on doctors’ advice Skye’s parents have made the difficult decision to sign a ‘do not resuscitate’ form for their beloved daughter.
The statement read: “The consultants have advised there are no viable options and as agreed and discussed it is now about keeping our little princess comfortable.”
The family said: “We are truly devastated as a family and cannot believe this is happening all over again. Life was due to get back to normal.”
It was hoped that Skye could overcome her rare double diagnosis in August last year, when her brother Harvey, four, donated bone marrow to her but within months few donor cells remained and her illness was deemed terminal.
Despite the prognosis, doctors found that she had made a miraculous recovery in June when she went into ‘spontaneous remission’ but she has since had an “extremely aggressive” relapse.
The family added: “Skye’s whole life has been a fight and she has been absolutely amazing every step of the way.”
Supporters are urged to donate to Delete Blood Cancer UK and Candlelighters at justgiving.com/Skye-Sutcliffe or justgiving.com/Skye-sutcliffe1.