THE dad of Phoebe Craig has paid tribute to his daughter and said they ‘miss her terribly’.
Five-year-old Phoebe, who touched the hearts of hundreds across the Portsmouth area, has lost her battle with cancer.
We love her very much and miss doing all the things she used to like such as watching Disney films and having hot chocolateDad Scott Craig
She was diagnosed with blood cancer leukaemia in October 2012.
Despite having a bone marrow transplant from her brother Oliver, the disease came back in August this year.
Her parents Vicki, 39, and Scott, 40, made the difficult decision not to pursue any further treatment, and instead enjoy their time with Phoebe and Oliver, seven.
Scott, a paramedic for South Central Ambulance Service, said: ‘We miss her terribly.
‘She was a happy child and was never backwards in coming forwards.
‘She had a fiery kid temper that made everyone laugh – including all the doctors and nurses who treated her.
‘We love her very much and miss doing all the things she used to like such as watching Disney films and having hot chocolate.’
After Phoebe was diagnosed with the blood cancer the family, of Lysander Way, Waterlooville, were braced for a heartbreaking wait for a bone marrow match.
She was being treated in Southampton and at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.
Tests in November 2013, found her brother Oliver was a match and a transplant took place at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
It was hoped the transfusion of healthy cells would help Phoebe battle the cancer.
Although it worked initially, Phoebe relapsed in August.
Scott added: ‘Because of all the things Phoebe had been through, we took the decision not to go through any further treatment, because it might have killed her anyway, and we just wanted to spend quality time with her.
‘We took the option to have family time and it was the best.
‘Oliver has been heroic and is doing ever so well.
‘Thanks to what he did we were given an extra 18 months with Phoebe.
‘There’s so many people we want to thank for their support, including Naomi House and various charities.’