Less than four months after doctors announced that she was cancer free, 'miracle' girl Claudia Burkill died in her sleep on Saturday.
Burkill had been diagnosed with an inoperable form of brain tumor, called metastatic pineoblastoma, in 2011 and her family was told that she would die due to her condition. However following a three-year fight, doctors gave an all clear to the eight-year old girl, prompting her mother, Andrea Burkill to claim it as a miracle.
The family announced Claudia's death on their Facebook page, titled 'Claudia's Cause', which was set up to raise the awareness of her condition. The page had received over 301,000 likes and the family had managed to raise over £100,000 as part of the charity donation to the children's brain tumor research centre at the University of Nottingham.
Announcing the death of Claudia on the page, her family wrote, "Claudia died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of this morning. Despite her long illness, ultimately, her death is an incredible shock to all that know and love her. We urge everyone to treat our family with the grace and dignity that you yourselves would wish for, if you life has just been destroyed in an instant. Please give us our privacy as we come to terms with Claudia's death and please give us our space to grieve. Thank you."