A dad has paid an emotional tribute after watching his 10-year-old daughter take her last breaths – six years after losing his wife and their unborn child.
Lucy Moroney, from Heswall, Merseyside, lost her battle with a rare form of brain cancer on Friday, her dad Joe said in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
He wrote: ‘Lucy, when you were born almost 11 years ago, Mummy and I (mainly Mummy) chose your name, knowing the meaning of it was light. Your light burnt very brightly my darling.’
His wife Nicola was six-months pregnant with their daughter Ruby, when she died from an undiagnosed heart condition just 33 years old.
Ruby was born by emergency C-section, but despite efforts, she only lived for 14 hours before she died.
Lucy was four years old when she and her little sister Amy, who was just two, lost their mum and unborn sister.
He continued: ‘Having witnessed Mummy and your sister Ruby take their last breaths six years ago, it was traumatic and heart-breaking once again to witness you do the same, even with nearly 16 months advanced warning.
‘But as painful as it was to experience, I wouldn’t have chosen to be anywhere else my gorgeous baby.
‘You were a dream daughter, absolute perfection. You were as good as gold, so caring, beautiful and with the most pure heart. You must have got that from your Mummy.’
Lucy was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which has a survival rate at 0% currently in the UK, in July 2017.
Despite undergoing pioneering treatment thousands of miles away from home in Monterrey, Mexico, and showing signs of improvement, Lucy took a turn for the worse this week.
He praised his ‘brave’ daughter who ‘never complained’ during her battle.
Joe continued: ‘You were the best daughter, step daughter to Claire and big sister that Amy and Max could ever hope for. I never heard a bad word said about you and you made me so, so proud to be your Daddy.
‘You never complained at all during your treatment and you amazed me with your strength, bravery and grace.
‘You were beautiful inside and out, and I’m going to miss your beaming smile, your amazing sense of humour and your perfect sensitive soul. The world is a much worse place without you in it my baby, and I hope Mummy and Ruby are looking after you now.
‘I love you Lucy Lu Lu. And I loved everything about you gorgeous. I’m sorry I couldn’t stop this disease from taking your life, I tried my best baby.
‘I’ll never get over losing you, but I’ll also never get over loving you. If I had the chance to do it all again without being able to change the outcome, starting from when you were born, I wouldn’t hesitate, because you were perfection.
He concluded: ‘I’ll miss you my beautiful princess and miss our special, special bond. Sleep tight my angel. I love you lots. Daddy x.’
A post has previously described Lucy’s condition, saying: ‘Due to the area of the brain it affects, perhaps the most heartbreaking reality for DIPG children is that they remain completely aware, while their body begins to fail and symptoms become progressively worse as the tumour grows.’
While she was receiving treatment in Mexico, Lucy wrote a book called The Spider and the Whale, inspired by an incident in a bathroom when Lucy saw her mum flush a spider down the toilet.
A description of the book says: ‘Lucy’s fantastic imagination and her warm sense of humour, helped her create this amusing tale.’
The book is available to buy here and all proceeds from the sale go towards Lucy’s Pineapple Fund, named after her favourite fruit.
A crowdfunding page by her auntie has already raised £156,209 towards alternative treatment.