“Bury me in my mummy’s coffin.” Dying boy’s plea touches hearts around the world.
When Filip Kwansky was only two years old, he lost his mother to an aggressive form of cancer. Filip and his dad, Piotr, buried her in their home village of Wadowice, Poland. Father and son tried to pick up the pieces and moved to the UK for a fresh start. Little did they know, their trials were far from over.
Shortly after the little family moved to England, Filip was diagnosed with with neurofibromatosis. Thankfully, an aggressive round of chemo sent the cancer into remission. All was well with Filip and he even started primary school, but days after his seventh birthday he received devastating news. The cancer was back, and this time with a vengeance.
Filip’s body had developed juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia (JMML) – an accumulation of abnormal blood cells in the bone marrow – and doctors were not hopeful for his future.