Terminally Ill Girl Who Received 10,000 Christmas Cards After Dad's Appeal, Has Died

A terminally-ill 10-year-old girl, who received 10,000 Christmas cards from all over the world after her dad's Facebook appeal, has died.

Sophie Jackson, from Knutsford near Manchester, was born with a congenital muscle disease, which means she is unable to swallow. She was rushed to hospital on 1 December after suffering a major cardiac arrest.

Her dad, Alan Jackson, requested people watch local news on 22 December for an update on his daughter.

BBC Northwest News made the announcement, which read: "Sophie Jackson from Cheshire has died. She was born unable to swallow. Her dad appealed last week for people to send cards to make her last Christmas special, and show her how much she was loved. She received over 10,000 cards."

Her dad confirmed the news and said she had died at 3.25pm on 22 December at the hospice.

He posted a message on Facebook quoting: "Someone I love and miss dearly is spending Christmas in heaven."

So the story is Sophie won't be home for Christmas and many months after . Jacko loves cards please share this post and...

Posted by Alan Jackson on Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sophie had been unconscious since being admitted to hospital on 1 December.

On 22 December, her dad made the difficult decision to take her to Francis House Hospice for children in Didsbury.

On 6 December, her dad appealed for Christmas cards on Facebook: "So the story is Sophie won't be home for Christmas and many months after.

"Jacko loves cards please share this post and let's see how many cards we get for her what could be her last Christmas."

Jackson said Sophie had received thousands of cards from all over the world, including Canada, Ireland and Australia.

The Princess's Christmas Eve at Manchester Childrens with Bog Brush by her side as always xxx Her Christmas Day...

Posted by Alan Jackson on Sunday, 20 December 2015

Many have paid tribute to the young girl on Facebook.

Manchester City Football Club, who sent players to visit Sophie in hospital, wrote: "Huge respect to Phil Jones and Paddy McNair of Manchester United who supported seriously ill blues' fan, Sophie Jackson, who sadly, recently passed away...

"Football does separate us, to an extent, but ultimately, it brings us together."

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