Waterlooville girl Phoebe Craig loses battle with blood cancer

Phoebe Craig loses battle to blood cancer
Phoebe Craig loses battle to blood cancer
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  • Phoebe was diagnosed with leukaemia in October 2012
  • Her brother donated his bone marrow for a transfusion of healthy cells
  • Family learnt earlier this year the cancer had returned
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YOUNG Phoebe Craig, who touched hearts across the Portsmouth area, has lost her battle with cancer.

The five-year-old was diagnosed with blood cancer leukaemia in October 2012.

Vicki and I would like to thank you all for your kind words, they mean the world to us

Scott Craig

Despite having a bone marrow transplant, the disease came back earlier this year.

On Friday her parents Scott and Vicki posted the following message on the Facebook community page Brave Phoebe.

It said: ‘This morning our brave, gorgeous, amazing princess grew her wings.

‘She fought for so long but in the end it became too much. She is now at peace. Thank you for all the love and support that has and will be given xxx.

‘Rest in Peace Princess Phoebe Joanne Craig.’

Later on dad Scott said: ‘Vicki and I would like to thank you all for your kind words.

‘They mean the world to us and we’ve put them in our pocket and carried them with us.’

Phoebe and her family, of Lysander Way, Waterlooville, were braced for a heartbreaking wait for a bone marrow match after she was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012.

She was being treated in Southampton and at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

Tests in November 2013, found her brother Oliver, six, 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 initially the procedure was successful, the family were devastated to hear earlier this year that the cancer had returned.

Scores of friends, family and News readers were touched by Phoebe’s story and took to fundraising to help support her.