Sunday 4 December 2016

Brave 'Batman Ben' dies before getting chance of treatment to save his life

Alan O'Keeffe and Catherine Devine

Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

Ben Farrell with his mother Valerie in June. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ben Farrell with his mother Valerie in June. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ben Farrell with his mother Valarie in June. Photo: Damien Eagers

Brave little 'Batman' Ben Farrell passed away yesterday before he could undergo life-saving cancer treatment in the United States.

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Ben (5), from Finglas, Dublin, who had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on Christmas Eve last year, was surrounded by his family when he died.

"Our beautiful Ben has fought the hardest of battles; he was surrounded by love every day of his life," his family said in a statement.

"He has done us proud every step of the way... now we must do him proud.

"They say if you can leave this world a little better than you found it you have truly lived. In only five short years, he accomplished this."

Ben had a stage IV Wilms tumour and faced 19 rounds of radiotherapy.

Doctors at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin in Dublin had said their options were running out, but his family hoped Ben could be saved by taking part in a clinical trial at a US hospital costing an estimated €260,000.

The clinical trials had shown promising results in laboratory tests.

Several fundraising events were organised to help pay for pioneering treatment for the little 'superhero'.

The family arrived in the US four weeks ago after raising an estimated €192,000. But sadly Ben died yesterday before the treatment could begin.

Irish Independent

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