A dying seven-year-old schoolboy is asking the public to help him fulfil his final wish – to be buried with his mother so she can look after him in heaven.
Filip Kwasny, from Colchester, Essex, made the wish from his bed in London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital where chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant have failed to cure his leukaemia.
Now, as the cancer spreads to his intestines, Filip receives only palliative care to make him comfortable as his short life comes to an end.
Kind-hearted strangers have been donating to help him be buried in the same coffin as his mother, who he lost to cancer when he was two.
Barely able to speak, he yesterday sent a personal thank you from his bed on the hospital’s Fox Ward, saying: ‘Thanks for helping make my wish come true.’
Filip was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia (JMML) – an accumulation of abnormal blood cells in the bone marrow – in September last year.
It followed a diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type 1 when he was two, from which Filip, a pupil at Friar Grove Primary School in Colchester, initially recovered.