Jessica Whelan’s father took a picture of his four-year-old daughter showing the face of true pain. Jessica suffers from neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children. It develops from a specialized nerve cell (neuroblasts) left behind from a baby’s development in the womb. Whelan’s father decided to share this heartbreaking picture of his daughter and what childhood cancer does to children.
The four-year-old, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in September 2015. On Sunday Jessica lost her fight, her father posted on her page saying: “I feel both sadness and relief in informing you all that Jessica finally found peace at seven o’clock this morning. No longer does she suffer, no longer does she feel the pain of the physical constraints of her body. Now my princess has grown her angel wings and has gone up to play with her friends and loved ones. She will now watch down over her little brother and ourselves until one day we are reunited again.”
In a second post, he said: “Fly high my beautiful princess. Ride free on horses in heaven and enjoy being with loved ones and free from your pain. I will never forget you and I am honoured to call you my daughter. I love you more than words can convey, much more than you will ever know.”
About the picture which has been shared all over social media, Mr. Whelan said, “it was the hardest photograph I have ever made… in a moment that we as parents could offer her no comfort, her pushing us away whilst she rode out this searing pain in solitude”.