The 13-year-old begged his mother to cut off his hands. At his bedside she did something for him that would scare off most parents.

THE 13-YEAR-OLD BEGGED HIS MOTHER TO CUT OFF HIS HANDS. AT HIS BEDSIDE SHE DID SOMETHING FOR HIM THAT WOULD SCARE OFF MOST PARENTS.

When Deryn Blackwell was 13 years old, the doctors gave him some horrible news: the boy from England was suffering from leukemia and needed treatment immediately. Deryn fought the disease bravely for a year before being dealt another blow. It turned out that leukemia wasn’t the only form of cancer trying to take his life.

The leukemia was proving difficult enough to beat, but then Deryn was also diagnosed with a very rare disease called Langerhans cell sarcoma. There have been very few documented cases of the disease and never one like Deryn’s where it is combined with leukemia. The young boy was in extreme pain — his mother remembers how horrible it was: “The tips of my son Deryn’s fingers were hard and black from a superbug infection. His nails were peeling away and any remaining live flesh was covered in weeping sores. Every day, he begged me: ‘Please tell them to cut my hand off, Mum. I can’t take this any more.’” Continue…

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