Dying boy asks to be buried with his mother so she can 'look after him in heaven'
A crowd-funding campaign to help a terminally ill seven-year-old boy fulfill his final wish - to be buried alongside his mother - has exceeded its target several times over.
Filip Kwansy has been living at Great Ormond Street Hospital for several months after being diagnosed with a form of leukaemia last year.
Treatment for his condition has sadly failed, and the cancer has spread to his liver and intestines. Filip has been told he has no chance for recovery, and he and his father Piotr have been discussing his funeral arrangements.
Filip has expressed a wish to be buried alongside his mother, who died when he was just two-years-old. He has told his father that, after he dies, she will be looking after him in heaven.
However, his mother is buried in Poland. Piotr, who himself suffers from Spina Bifida and has been unable to work while caring for Filip, has had no idea how to pay for his son's funeral.
Family friend Monika Memari this week set-up a fundraising page on Just Giving to help raise the necessary funds.
"Knowing that you are losing a child is devastating, but knowing that you are financially unable to fullfil their last wish is heart breaking," she wrote.
"Filip's mother is buried in Poland, where she passed away. Filip would love to be put to rest next to his mother. Due to Filip's condition he can not be transported whilst he is alive.
"Can you please help us raise the funds to get Filip to his resting place once he is no longer with us and help his father fulfil his last wish.
"Filip does not have much longer left and we would appreciate any donations no matter how small so that he can be at peace knowing that his mum is going to look after him."
The page went live on Tuesday with a fundraising target of £6,500. At time of writing, members of the public have donated £22,865.
Visit the Just Giving page here.