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Heartbroken parents of a cancer-stricken boy have shared the last photo that their son asked them to take – the moment he died in his father’s arms.

Braiden Prescott, seven, died two days after being admitted to a hospice last September having battled neuroblastoma three times, shares Daily Mail.

His parents Steph, 26, and Wayne Prescott, 38, from Ince, Greater Manchester, are sharing the image Braiden requested in his final moments to raise awareness of the rare cancer’s early symptoms so no other parent goes through the heartbreak they did.

Mum Steph said: ‘I was at Braiden’s bedside during the night when I was woken up at 3am by the sound of him choking.

‘I buzzed the nurse in and they told me it was nearly time – what I could hear was his death rattle.

‘I woke Wayne up. I was supposed to be holding him but I couldn’t so they sat him on Wayne’s knee. Wayne cuddled him as I sat by his side holding his hand.’

Braiden’s sudden outburst was unusual as he had tumours on his jaw which meant he couldn’t open his mouth properly and hadn’t spoken for a few days.

Steph said: ‘He suddenly shouted out for his nanna and grandad as he knew they had been there that day.

‘He then shouted “picture now”. I was a bit shocked but I followed orders – he’d not spoken in a few days but then all of a sudden he started shouting it.’

Minutes after Steph took the heart-breaking picture of Wayne cuddling Braiden he passed away.

braiden rescott

Steph said: ‘When he passed we were shocked, you don’t ever want to think you’re losing your baby, but we knew it was coming.

‘I was numb. I didn’t really feel anything and Wayne lost lots of weight as he wasn’t eating.’

Braiden was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of two, but Steph said ‘mother’s instinct’ told her he was poorly at just six months old.

Steph added: ‘I know the pictures are hard to look at – hardly anyone sees a child that has passed away.

‘I hope it will shock people into thinking about neuroblastoma and what these children go through.

‘I just want as many people as possible to know about it. If your child has a limp, runs a really high temperature and isn’t eating get them to A&E for a blood test.’

braiden

In 2016, it was estimated that 650 children aged 0-14 years will be newly diagnosed with cancer in Australia (365 boys and 285 girls).

The number of new diagnoses is estimated to be higher in the 0–4 year age group (315 children) than in 5–9 year olds (160 children) and 10–14 year olds (175 children).

We previously shared a heartbreaking photo that touched the hearts of thousands after mum shared an image of her sons daily battle “Life isn’t pretty, and cancer destroys a person.” Read that article here.

Last year we also shared a story of dad who posted a photo of his daughter to make people aware of the darkness that is childhood cancer. Read that article here.

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  • that is sad for sure. i feel sorry that any person has to go through that and it’s unimaginable. i don’t know how you don’t get broken from that event. so sad.

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  • Tears are flowing as I read this heart breaking article. I have never heard of this type of Cancer before. However I know a girl who fell off her bike and continued to limp for a couple of weeks before her parents decided it was more serious than just the bruising she suffered. Tests revealed she had a type of Cancer in her leg which had to be amputated just above her knee bfore she had a few weeks of intensive chemotherapy during a long hospital stay. Leukemia (cancer of the blood) also seems to be a huge problem with children as well as adults. A relative of mine had a rare type of Leukemia, diagnosed when she was a toddler after she suddenly started falling over a lot and the bruises took too long to disappear. Treatment made her so ill they they were warned to be prepared that they may lose her. She is now in her 40s and has to have regular blood and other tests to ensure there is no traces of it returning. She is one of the lucky ones.

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  • Utterly heartbreaking … I’m in tears reading this. God bless you for having the strength to share your story to raise awareness of this devastating disease and the effects on children. Rest in Peace Braiden xx

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  • Thank you for sharing. Sending strength at this very sad time..

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  • Poor Braiden, a life of sickness and suffering , followed by death at such young age. Dying in his fathers arms must have been of comfort and I imagine received in the arms of God the Father.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the parents and all who have been touched by his death, bless them.

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  • my your son rest in peace, I would help support anyone who struggles or even donate to support children with cancer. I couldn’t even bare to hear if it came to my own children.

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  • oh this is heartbreaking to read – as a parent myself I cannot imagine the pain and heartbreak you must feel loosing your son so young

    Thank you for sharing your story and reaching out to others to let us know about this disease

    May your son rest in peace

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  • thank you for sharing I can not imagine how hard it is for you, it is easy for us to read with tears in our eyes but we can not feel the way you do as he is not our baby

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  • Poor little one and my thoughts are with his devastated family. So much trauma to go through.

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  • No parent should ever have to go through this. I can’t even imagine how hard it is for them.

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  • How absolutely devastating. I feel for you all.

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  • Poor little one. You can’t read this article without crying. Rest in peace, little one. :-(

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  • absolutely heartbreaking, thank you for sharing such a precious picture x

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  • So very very sad. My deepest condolences to the family.

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