Brave Jamie, 7, loses fight against rare cancer

Jamie Inglis

Jamie Inglis

First published in News

BRAVE York youngster Jamie Inglis has lost his fight against the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, his parents have announced. 

The seven year old passed away in hospital in Tubingen in Germany, where he had been receiving specialist treatment.

Jamie, a pupil at Lord Deramore's Primary in Heslington, had fought resolutely against the illness in recent years and his plight had touched thousands of people across York and beyond.

His parents Vicky and John announced his death this morning on their facebook page, Keep Jamie Smiling.

Vicky wrote: "We have been truly blessed to bring such an amazing child into this world. Neuroblastoma only seeks out the best. The best is what Jamie is. Jamie fought with such dignity and to that end we owed him dignity at the very least.

"As his mummy, I can take comfort in knowing that the beginning of eternal sleep was completely dignified and with the advice of the remarkable team, that dignified time had arrived.

"We have nothing but complete admiration and respect for everyone involved in Jamie's care since we arrived here in Germany. The last two months have been the most difficult for Jamie and everyone involved but we have all done everything we can.

"The team took into account all of our wishes to every last detail, which meant that eternal sleep arrived with mummy lying next to him and daddy holding his hand. We were so fortunate to be able to say goodbye properly."

Jamie looked to have defied the doctors in 2009 when he was given the all-clear after a courageous fight against neuroblastoma but he suffered a relapse last year.

The lack of available treatment on the NHS meant his family twice had to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for treatment overseas, backed by the Neuroblastoma Alliance, and thousands of people in York donated to the cause.

Donations to the charity can still be made at justgiving.com/jamiesappeal

Jamie was twice a joint winner in The Press Community Pride Awards Child of The Year category.

Among the tributes already being paid to Jamie reflect his courage and his smile while also recognising his proud parents' love for him

One well-wisher this morning wrote on Jamie's Facebook page: "Vicky and John truly amazing, unbelievable and dignified parents of an amazing and truly courageous and brave hero."

Another person wrote: "All the family are in my thoughts at this time. Jamie you were such an inspiration, Sleep tight little man."

Tributes to Jamie and messages of condolence may be left below.

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8:50am Wed 16 Jan 13

xtc says...

Very sad indeed our thoughts re with you both a brave little soldier r.i.p Jamie god bless.
Very sad indeed our thoughts re with you both a brave little soldier r.i.p Jamie god bless. xtc
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8:54am Wed 16 Jan 13

Theendoftheworld says...

Our thoughts are with all the family at this desperately sad time.
Our thoughts are with all the family at this desperately sad time. Theendoftheworld
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9:02am Wed 16 Jan 13

Geoffers says...

So sorry! :(
So sorry! :( Geoffers
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9:24am Wed 16 Jan 13

AngryandFrustrated says...

Absolute gutted to read this as it all seemed so positive a few weeks ago. Not many things bring a tear to me eye, but to read this, did.

To the family - you had a precious little boy who brought a smile to the face of many more people than you will ever meet. Try to remember the good times and the fact that he is now in a place where illness and sickness can no longer hurt him.
Absolute gutted to read this as it all seemed so positive a few weeks ago. Not many things bring a tear to me eye, but to read this, did. To the family - you had a precious little boy who brought a smile to the face of many more people than you will ever meet. Try to remember the good times and the fact that he is now in a place where illness and sickness can no longer hurt him. AngryandFrustrated
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9:24am Wed 16 Jan 13

clairemw says...

so very sad,thoughts are with you all...R.I.P Jamie :( ****
so very sad,thoughts are with you all...R.I.P Jamie :( **** clairemw
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10:54am Wed 16 Jan 13

Oncebitten says...

You were blessed to have Jamie and Jamie was blessed to have such strong ,great parents.

Much love to you all at this very sad time.

Keep strong, he will never really leave you xx
You were blessed to have Jamie and Jamie was blessed to have such strong ,great parents. Much love to you all at this very sad time. Keep strong, he will never really leave you xx Oncebitten
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12:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Ruby_Fury says...

Such sad news for such a brave little boy. Thoughts are with his family and friends at this hard time. Remember and honour him with smiles and laughter and he will always be in the hearts of those who followed his brave battle.
I never met him but followed this closely hoping for a good result, I am sure there are many more who are in the same situation as me and wish it had been a better outcome but our best wishes are with you all x
Such sad news for such a brave little boy. Thoughts are with his family and friends at this hard time. Remember and honour him with smiles and laughter and he will always be in the hearts of those who followed his brave battle. I never met him but followed this closely hoping for a good result, I am sure there are many more who are in the same situation as me and wish it had been a better outcome but our best wishes are with you all x Ruby_Fury
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1:42pm Wed 16 Jan 13

corfu1985 says...

So sorry to hear this very sad news,my thoughts are with his loving family,God bless
So sorry to hear this very sad news,my thoughts are with his loving family,God bless corfu1985
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2:44pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Garden Giant says...

I have a 2 year old son and to read this hits home how precious life and children are. Truly gutted to hear little Jamie has passed away after keeping an eye out on the press with the updates.Fighting back tears when reading it and hope the family can come through something like this. My very best is with them and after losing 2 relatives recently genuinely believe Jamie will be very much at peace and always with his family in spirit.
I have a 2 year old son and to read this hits home how precious life and children are. Truly gutted to hear little Jamie has passed away after keeping an eye out on the press with the updates.Fighting back tears when reading it and hope the family can come through something like this. My very best is with them and after losing 2 relatives recently genuinely believe Jamie will be very much at peace and always with his family in spirit. Garden Giant
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9:51pm Wed 16 Jan 13

expubcrawler says...

So sorry to read that Jamie lost his fight against this awful disease.
Rest in peace little one.
So sorry to read that Jamie lost his fight against this awful disease. Rest in peace little one. expubcrawler
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10:52pm Wed 16 Jan 13

tizme says...

May you now rest in peace young man, and may mummy and daddy be thankful for the too short a time they had with you. Thinking of you all, God Bless you.
May you now rest in peace young man, and may mummy and daddy be thankful for the too short a time they had with you. Thinking of you all, God Bless you. tizme
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8:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

LouiseOS says...

So, so, sorry to hear this. I clearly remember Jamie from one of the appeals last year, it touched me very much to read his story and I haven't forgotten him since. That the money was raised for Germany shows just how many people Jamie did touch. His parents can look back with pride at what they and their brave little son achieved. I wish them and the rest of Jamie's family and friends all the best.
So, so, sorry to hear this. I clearly remember Jamie from one of the appeals last year, it touched me very much to read his story and I haven't forgotten him since. That the money was raised for Germany shows just how many people Jamie did touch. His parents can look back with pride at what they and their brave little son achieved. I wish them and the rest of Jamie's family and friends all the best. LouiseOS
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