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Tragic Portadown toddler Evie Latewood loses cancer battle

Evie Latewood after her surgury.
Evie Latewood after her surgury.

A Northern Ireland toddler has died after a brave battle with cancer.

Evie Latewood from Portadown, who just turned two in April, passed away peacefully at home on Monday.

The toddler was born with a rare liver disease and became gravely ill last February, requiring an urgent transplant.

A liver was found within 24 hours and doctors explained to parents Nathalie (26) and Dyllan (27) that the donor had died from brain cancer, however the chances of the disease being passed on was just 0.5%.

Earlier this year, however, they received the devastating news that the donor organ had caused cancer in their young child.

Speaking to Sunday Life in March, Nathalie described the moment she first discovered a lump on Evie's ribs last November.

"I noticed a really small lump on her ribs and I videoed it and sent it to our consultant. It was so small it was barely noticeable and I was thinking it was nothing," she said.

"The consultant asked me to bring her to hospital and get her checked out and that's when we were told there was a mass on her liver.

"They sent us back to Birmingham where she had a biopsy and an MRI scan and they discovered as well as a large mass on her liver, she has masses on her kidneys, ribs and abdomen. I think going over we were in denial and hoping it was scar tissue or something innocent.

"When they said it was cancer it really hit hard. You are completely devastated and there is nothing you can do. You kind of go on autopilot and get on with it as best you can."

Evie Latewood from Portadown, alongside parents Nathalie and Dyllan
Evie Latewood from Portadown, alongside parents Nathalie and Dyllan

Evie was diagnosed with a rare form of aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma.

Despite the best efforts of doctors, Evie passed away on Monday.

Her funeral notice read: "Evie, much loved daughter of Dyllan and Nathalie, beloved twin sister of Katie and loving little sister of Eli, dear granddaughter of Robert and Heather (Stewart) and Paula (Latewood).

"Will always be loved and remembered by her father, mother, twin sister, and brother, and the entire family circle.

"‘Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder where you are, up above the world so high, you are the brightest diamond in the sky’."

Evie Latewood's funeral will be held in St Andrew's Parish Church, Killyman on Wednesday at 3pm followed by a private burial in the adjoining graveyard.

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