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A four-year-old cancer sufferer from Irvinestown has become an Internet sensation after a video of her singing ‘Let it go’ from the Disney film ‘Frozen’.
Eloise Singleton from Irvinestown was diagnosed with bone cancer in May last year.
The inspirational child has met her illness with a smile on her face and last week had a visit to remember when representatives from children’s cancer charity Angel Wishes NI turned up dressed as the cast of ‘Frozen’. Elsa and Eloise sang the classic song from the film and the video uploaded onto Facebook has now attracted almost 140,000 views.
Eloise was born on June 29, 2010. At the age of three she tripped over one day from nursery and started to limp. After being brought to the GP and x-rays taken she was sent for an MRI scan in Altnagelvin Area Hospital and a biopsy at Musgrave Park Hospital.
Two weeks later her parents Ryan and Claire received the news they were dreading, Eloise had Ewing’s Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer and it was in her left femur. She underwent six sessions of chemotherapy before surgery as her mother explained, with treatment starting the day after her fourth birthday.
Claire, from Ederney and now living in Irvinestown explained further: “She has had times when she was very, very sick and she lost all her long blonde hair after the first cycle of chemotherapy. Eloise was holding clumps of hair in her hands and just said that it was good because it meant that her medicine was working.”
In December Eloise travelled to Birmingham and underwent successful limb sparing surgery. The tumour was removed and her femur was replaced with a metal prosthesis. Chemotherapy resumed just after Christmas and she will need a further six cycles. The young girl will also undergo physiotherapy and in the future return to Birmingham for more surgery, as the prosthesis will need to be adjusted as she grows.
After a difficult week where Eloise was in hospital after developing an infection her mood was lifted when she received an unexpected visitor.
“When the door opened and she spotted Elsa and Olaf, the expression on her face was priceless,” Claire told the Herald.
“Gaye Kerr introduced herself to me and told me they were from Angel Wishes NI and they heard there was a very special girl that loves Frozen.She gave me a hug, because I was in tears. The smile on Eloise’s face showed just how much it meant to her. There was Prince Hans and Kristoff too and they stayed in character the whole time and Eloise was in her element. She was telling them about listening to the CD every time we are in the car and she said her favourite song is ‘Let it go’.”
She continued: “Somebody just pressed play on the CD player, Eloise took Elsa’s hand and started to sing. She knows all the words and she sang her heart out, all the time holding on to Elsa’s hand. It gave her such a boost, she was chatting all about it and had to get telling Michael about it that evening.”
The video of Eloise singing ‘Let it Go’ can be seen on the Angel Wishes NI Facebook page at;
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