Mum Ends Daughter's Cancer Treatment So She Can Enjoy One Last Christmas

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

A mum has taken the heartbreaking decision to stop her terminally ill daughter's cancer treatment so she can enjoy her last Christmas without pain.

Last month, three-year-old Isabella Coomber was due to start a final cycle of chemotherapy for a rare brain tumour she has had since she was one year old.

The course may have extended her life but would not have saved her as doctors believe she is unlikely to live beyond next June.

Isabella had already endured 10 months of the 12-month treatment but it was making Isabella desperately weak and sick.

So after speaking to doctors, her mum Jolene Hale, 32, decided to stop the chemotherapy early, allowing her to have fun at her last Christmas.

Jolene, from Charlton, south-east London, said: "There will be no tears while Isabella is here. We are lucky to have another Christmas with our darling girl and I want to create happy memories we can cherish for ever.

"Cancer has ruined every Christmas she has been old enough to know about but not this one.

"This year she'll have fun like other children. The treatment will not cure Isabella so what is the point of continuing if it makes her quality of life so poor?

"The time we have is too precious to waste being sick. My little girl deserves laughter and happiness at Christmas."

Jolene is now raising funds to fulfil her daughter's final Christmas wish to visit Disneyland.

Money had been set aside to send her to America for treatment but experts advised the family that it would not do any good. Instead, the money was invested in a caravan, called 'The Little Lion's Den', which parents of young cancer sufferers can use free of charge for family holidays.

Jolene, who has two other daughters, Rebecca, seven, and Sophia, one, said this was 'Isabella's present to all the other children'.

She now wants to raise money to send her to Disneyland one final time.

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