Charlie Proctor was diagnosed with a rare tumour that begins in the liver back in February 2016.
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Charlie Proctor, was only 5 years old when he passed away after being diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare cancerous tumor. His family was told about the diagnosis two years prior to his death, in February 2016, the Manchester Evening News reported. According to Stanford’s Children Hospital, hepatoblastoma “is a very rare cancerous tumor that starts in the liver” and “primarily affects children from infancy to about 3 years of age.” The boy's mother, who is from a village in Lancashire, England, shared the gutwrenching story of their last moments together.
In a photo captioned "the last photo I post of Charlie," the heartbroken mom recalled how much her baby boy had changed over the years. She wrote: He no longer looks like Charlie. He’s so thin, I can see and feel every bone in his tiny body, his sunken face, his rolling eyes. Where has my chunky baby gone. Chunky from birth! He weighed 9’11lb! He’s was the cuddliest baby ever! He’s our chunk. I want everyone to remember Charlie for who he is. I want them to remember how he looked, how cheeky he was, how hilarious, how grumpy he was because right now Charlie isn’t any of those. He’s sad, he’s tired, he’s fed up and depressed. “I don’t know what to do anymore” are his main words.. today, he’s been very agitated, wanting to lay down, sit up, lay in bed, then on the beanbag, then on the sofa, then back upstairs and so on... charlie, at one point, turned to me and said in the most quiet, panting voice, ”Mummy, I’m so sorry for this” he was sorry because he wanted to move again and he felt he had to apologise for that? So now I know he also feels like he’s some what “in the way”. My heart broke! No child should feel the emotions Charlie is feeling. No Child! No parent should watch their child slowly go. Having to watch them deteriorate in this way is the most painful thing anyone will ever feel. If Charlie’s fate is to go, then I’d of rather the angels took him weeks ago before he suffered anymore. His AFP is that high now that the machine can no longer read them. His liver function are the same apart from his Bilirubin, which has doubled causing Charlie’s skin colour to be yellow. After this, with every update, I will share photos of Charlie in his better days.
The little boy's loved ones tried to raise money to send him to the United States for life-saving treatment. Charlie's story reached celebs in the US with singer Pink donating £10,000 (about $11,244) to help Charlie, according to The Sun. Sadly, however, the toddler passed away in his sleep one night in November 2018. His mom Amber Schofield penned an emotional note on Facebook, saying he died “cuddled in my arms with daddy’s arms wrapped around us."
“Last night at 23:14 my best friend, my world, Charlie, took his final breath,” she wrote. “Our hearts are aching. The world has lost an incredible little boy. You have been not only our biggest inspiration but you have been an inspiration to thousands of people all over the world. You showed me what love really means Charlie,” she added. “Now it’s time to fly, I am so, so proud of you. You fought this so hard. My baby, I’m hurting so much. I will forever miss you baby bum. Sweet dreams.”