Cancer-Stricken Boy Who Planned His Own Funeral Bounces Back From The Brink Of Death

Fourteen-year-old Deryn Blackwell from Norfolk, England knew he didn’t have long to live. He was already battling leukemia when he was suddenly diagnosed with a second type of cancer that was extremely rare, making him the first person to have both diseases at the same time. Needless to say, things weren’t looking good.

Deryn became addicted to morphine and superbug caused his fingers turned black. One December, after he was told by his doctors that he had less than a week to live, Deryn made up his mind to plan his own funeral.

His coffin was to be driven in the same hearse that carried Winston Churchill, then brought into a crematorium to the sound of a Danish pop song called “Move Your Feet.” He was to be laid to rest wearing a suit and sporting a pink mohawk. But things didn’t go quite as he planned… and it was all because of a controversial—and illegal—substance.

Deryn Blackwell of Norfolk, England was told he wouldn’t see Christmas. He was only 10 years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia, and then with the extremely rare Langerhans cell sarcoma.Deryn-Blackwell-1

Doctors told Deryn’s parents, Callie and Simon, that the only hope was a bone marrow transplant, so they performed several such transplants. They all failed.Deryn-Blackwell-2


With his immune system weakened from the transplants, his body was being attacked by multiple infections, and a superbug caused three of his fingers to go black and necrotic. The family was told that all hope was lost.

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