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Friday 9 December 2016

Tributes pour in for brave ‘Batman’ Ben Farrell (5) who passed away shortly before treatment due to begin

Published 17/08/2016 | 12:07

Ben with his mum Valerie
Ben with his mum Valerie

BRAVE little ‘Batman’ Ben Farrell sadly passed away this morning surrounded by family as he was about to begin life-saving cancer treatment in the US.

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Five-year-old Ben, from Finglas in north Dublin, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on Christmas Eve 2015. He had a stage IV Wilms tumour, which doctors here struggled to treat, despite 19 rounds of radiotherapy.

Tributes poured in for the "superhero" whose story touched the hearts of many.

Vigorous fundraising campaigns were launched to help Ben and his family pay for a clinical trial at the Children's Hospital in Washington, costing an estimated €260,000.

The family arrived in Michigan four weeks ago, knowing Ben had progressive tumours and hoping American doctors could provide life-saving treatment.

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Five-year-old Ben Farrell
Five-year-old Ben Farrell

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