A bereaved mother claims to have taken a selfie with the GUARDIAN ANGEL of her dying daughter.
Sarah Danbury believes she captured a heavenly apparition on camera while photographing Amy Beckingham, 19, who was suffering an ultra-rare liver cancer.
While Sarah was in London for a clinical trial at Royal Free Hospital, the two were snapping photographs together to show Sarah’s husband Adrian their hotel room.
Amy was certain the mystery form was her ‘guardian angel’ watching over her till she died three weeks later.
Mum-of-three Sarah, a 39-year-old woman from Grantham, Lincolnshire, said: “I didn’t think much of it at first, but it does appear like an angel when you look closely at the photo.
“On that side of the room, there were only two lights, both of which were turned off. It’s so strange that you can’t explain it.
“‘It’s my guardian angel,’ Amy remarked when she viewed the picture. Amy went suddenly just three weeks later.
“It brings me comfort to view that photo because it makes me believe that someone was with Amy caring about her, knowing that her time was approaching; you just never know.
Amy was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of cancer that attacks young persons without a history of liver disease, and the two were in London in September last year for fortnightly treatments.
Amy’s condition quickly deteriorated on October 1, and she died on October 6 at Nottingham City Hospital.
Process operator in a factory Sarah expressed herself as follows: “Unfortunately, learning that the tumors in her body were the size of tennis balls during a meeting with her oncology specialist made me physically sick.
“She was a brave young lady. She wasn’t the type to sit around and cry; she was strong-willed and a fighter.
“My father had cancer as well, and he died in March of this year.
“They used to always rely on each other to get through it. That’s one of the things I’ll remember about Amy: she was such an inspiring young lady who fought until the very end.
“She was afflicted with this terrible condition, but she constantly encouraged people to keep going and be strong.”
Patients with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma commonly experience abdomen, shoulder, or back pain, as well as loss of appetite, weight loss, jaundice, and a palpable lump.
Surgical excision of the tumor is the most common treatment. Other therapy may be tried to halt the progression of the disease if it cannot be removed or if cancer has progressed too far.