In the end, Addalyn Clements left this world in the same way she arrived.
No pain, no fear ... just wrapped in the love of her parents.
At 7.20am on Thursday morning, Addy, 5, lost her hard-fought battle with leukaemia, just months after receiving a bone marrow transplant that was expected to save her life.
“It is with an enormous amount of sadness that we have to inform all of you guys that Addy gained her wings and flew high this morning,” Addy’s parents Rachael and Michael posted on the Unicorns For Addy Facebook page.
“She fought a hard battle, but in the end she was the winner. She fell asleep yesterday morning and stayed sleeping comfortably and, when she felt safe enough, she grew her wings and said her final goodbye.”
Last month Mrs Clements revealed that while Addy had survived a long sought after bone marrow transplant, another particularly aggressive leukaemia had invaded the little girl’s body.
“There is nothing more they can do for our Addy, no treatment that they could offer to her would kill the cancer now and if they did it would most definitely shorten her lifespan, making her very ill and she would end her life in hospital,” Mrs Clements said.
“We had the option to bring her home on palliative care to enjoy what time we have left with her.”
As a result, Addy was brought home to live out her final days.
Addy’s battle with cancer began in 2013 when she was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma.
Soon after it was revealed Addy also had Fanconi’s anaemia – an extremely rare disease resulting in decreased production of all types of blood cells.
The story of Addy not only stole our hearts, but also generated a landslide of blood and bone marrows donations that will one day save lives.
“There are so many children who need this, so if you’re healthy enough to do it, then please give it a go,” Mrs Clements said in an earlier interview with the Maitland Mercury.
People can join the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry by giving their blood. Potential donors will need to make an appointment. For more information phone 131 495.