Mom of Girl, 7, With Weeks to Live Trying to Make Every Day Like Christmas

The mother of a 7-year-old girl who has spent the majority of her life receiving treatment for cancer is trying to make every day like Christmas for her daughter.

Isla Caton, from Hornchurch in East London, was two years old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that mainly affects infants and young children. In the five years since, she has undergone numerous invasive surgeries and vast amounts of therapy.

Earlier this month, however, doctors told her parents that nothing more could be done to save her, and that she has weeks to live and may not make it to Christmas.

In an effort to make the most of their remaining time together, her mother, Nicola Caton, has vowed to live every day as if it was Christmas Day.

"Isla had her MRI scan and they called me. I went in the room and I knew what was coming," she told supporters during a Facebook Live video on December 13.

"They told me that the cancer had spread which means the chemo wasn't working. She might not see Christmas. I'm going to give every single thing to her that I can, in this very short period of time that we might have. I'm going to make every day Christmas for Isla."

Her parents sold their home and possessions to pay for life-saving treatment in Barcelona, Spain, where they stayed for two years before the pandemic forced them to return to the U.K., Essex Live reports.

During her short life, their daughter has undergone chemotherapy, two stem cell transplants, numerous bone marrow extractions, brain surgery, immunotherapy, MIBG therapy, and a 12-hour operation to remove a tumor.

"Through this process I've fought to give her the best of everything and make every day count, no matter what. I've got myself into debt, I've lost everything, but I've fought," her mother said in the video message. "Please let it be quick, and please let her go to sleep. Just please don't let her suffer."

Rather than subjecting their daughter to more treatment, her parents have now switched their focus to "making sure Isla has the most wonderful life we can give her and to make as many amazing memories as we can."

However, her mother has said that she has not yet given up hope of her daughter making a "miraculous" recovery.

Her parents have raised more than £70,000 ($92,740) via a fundraising page on Just Giving.

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Seven-year-old Isla Caton was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of two, and has undergone numerous forms of treatment over the past five years, including brain surgery and chemotherapy. fizkes/iStock