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Harry Styles contacts four-year-old after photos of her battle with terminal cancer are shared around the world

Published 03/11/2016 | 11:15

The image of Jessica that went viral around the world. Photo Facebook/ Jessica- A fight against Neuroblastoma
The image of Jessica that went viral around the world. Photo Facebook/ Jessica- A fight against Neuroblastoma

One Direction star Harry Styles has contacted the family of a four-year-old girl who is battling a terminal cancer after upsetting photos of her illness were shared around the world.

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Dad Andy Whelan shared the images of his daughter Jessica (4) on social media in a bid to raise awareness about childhood cancer after he was told his child had just weeks to live.

Jessica is fighting a battle against terminal cancer. Photo Facebook/ Jessica- A fight against Neuroblastoma
Jessica is fighting a battle against terminal cancer. Photo Facebook/ Jessica- A fight against Neuroblastoma

The heartbreaking photos were brought to the attention of the boy band star, who has promised to record a video message for Jessica from the US.

The family, from Lancashire in UK, spoke about the star’s kind gesture on their Facebook page 'Jessica - A fight against Neuroblastoma' as they try and raise funds to make the remainder of Jessica’s life as comfortable and “joyful” as possible.

Harry Styles will make a video for Jessica fighting neuroblastoma
Harry Styles will make a video for Jessica fighting neuroblastoma

“An unknown number I answered for it to only be Harry Styles ringing from USA,” Andy wrote.

“He wants to do a FaceTime or video recording for Jessica. The way she is at the moment I have told him that she would benefit more from a recording which he has said he will do for her and email to us,” he said.

Jessica is fighting a battle against terminal cancer. Photo Facebook/ Jessica- A fight against Neuroblastoma
Jessica is fighting a battle against terminal cancer. Photo Facebook/ Jessica- A fight against Neuroblastoma

Jessica is currently battling stage four neuroblastoma and her devastated parents shared the intimate images from her hospital bed to encourage others to donate to Cancer Research.

Sharing an black and white image of Jessica, Andy wrote: "This is the hardest photograph I have ever made.

"A few days ago she was given what is most likely a few weeks to live. This was taken at a moment where we as parents could offer no comfort - Jessica pushing us away as she rode out her searing pain in solitude."

"With this photo I don't mean to offend or upset anyone. Perhaps by seeing this photo people will be made aware of the darkness that is childhood cancer, and perhaps the same people will be able to do something in the future so that no child has to suffer this pain, and so that no parent has to bear witness to their own flesh and blood deteriorating daily."

The four-year-old was first diagnosed with the illness 13 months ago.

To donate to Jessica's fund visit: gofundme.com/caringforjessica

The image of Jessica that went viral around the world. Photo Facebook/ Jessica- A fight against Neuroblastoma
The image of Jessica that went viral around the world. Photo Facebook/ Jessica- A fight against Neuroblastoma

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