Wee Oscar in fight for his life: Messages of support for brave Oscar Knox as health deteriorates 'significantly'
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has led messages of support for brave and plucky Co Antrim boy Oscar Knox following news his condition had worsened.
The five-year-old has battled an aggressive form of cancer, neuroblastoma, since he was three.
But his family have now said his health has "deteriorated significantly" in the past week and they were now "moved to the phase of managing his pain".
Oscar's fight against neuroblastoma has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of people across Northern Ireland and beyond.
Since news broke of his worsening condition, Twitter lit up with heartfelt messages of support for the youngster - including Celtic football club.
The club described the little fight as a "brave Bhoy".
The football-mad boy from Mallusk joined Celtic on the pitch at Parkhead on last year - acting as mascot for its Uefa Champions League second qualifying round tie against Cliftonville.
His story captured the hearts of Celtic fans who raised thousands of pounds for his charity.
Martin McGuinness said his "love, thoughts and prayers" were with the family.
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