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Boy, 11, decides against getting cancer treatment and prepares to die

By Mason White 11:37 AM February 19, 2014
Reece Puddington 

By: Aarav Sen
A boy made the decision not to continue cancer treatment and is preparing to die.

Reece Puddington is only 11 years old, but he has already been through a lot in his short life.

Puddington of the United Kingdom, who has been fighting cancer for many years, revealed on his online blog that he and his family have decided not to seek further treatment to prolong his life.

Puddington was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in April 2008.

Although he was told that he might never be cured, in 2010, he beat the disease and was cancer free.

However, tragically, in 2012, doctors found a tumor in his liver, and this time the cancer was terminal.

Now, Puddington of Whitstable, Kent, has delivered the news that he has opted against taking a new drug to possibly prolong his life in order to start preparing for death.

In a post titled “The beginning of the end,” he wrote: “As you know after the last scan results, I was sent home to rest and think about the two options. I could opt for another trial, but it would mean a lot of traveling to the hospital and deal with the side effects. However, it could also extend my life, or it could simply do nothing. I could choose to stay home and let nature take its course, which would lead to me losing my life a little earlier than if I had more treatment.”

After much thought, the boy asked his mother Kay, 40, who is his full time caretaker, and his father Paul, 48, to “let him go.”

He made the decision not to get treatment and he is preparing for death.

The 11 year old is now at home spending time with his family and he will let nature take its course.