Saturday 22 February, 2020

Teen loses battle with cancer, will be laid to rest on Thursday

Barbadians and others from around the world rallied behind young Niamh Stoute during her fight against a rare form of cancer.

But the 16-year-old tragically lost the years-long battle with cancer last Tuesday. 

Back in October 2009, Niamh was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, that caused a tumor to enclose all of Niamh's major organs except the heart. 

The teen had undergone extensive treatment overseas and had been cancer free since 2012. In July 2019, she was assessed by doctors after complaining of stomach pain and X-rays showed a mass in the abdomen. Her family immediately sprang into action to raise funds to save her life.

A GoFundMe account was set up to raise $150,000 in October last year for treatment at a medical facility in the US.

In November the family reported Niamh had been undergoing tests to determine how to deal with the mass that was pressing on her organs and blood vessels, and a long-term treatment plan was being addressed by doctors.

The teen died on January 14, 2020 at the Montefiore Medical Centre Children’s Hospital in New York. She was surrounded by family and friends during her final days. 

The funeral service will be held the Abundant Life Assembly in Bank Hall, St Michael on Thursday, January 23 at 1 pm.

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