THE mother of a seven-year-old girl who died from a brain tumour has praised her bravery.
Aimee Sigley had been diagnosed with the tumour at just eight months old, went blind before her first birthday and had undergone two major operations – the second of which left her brain damaged.
But she defied doctors who said she may never walk or talk again.
“Eight weeks later she said her first word, ‘Hello’. I thought I was hearing things. I burst into tears and said what did you just say, and she said ‘Hello’. It was just such a happy day,” said her mum April Mason.
However, she never regained her short term memory.
“She was absolutely amazing. Everyone she met fell in love with her,” added April.
The brave Denham youngster, who was a pupil a Sextons Manor Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, died at Milton Hospice last Wednesday.
“She was so independent, wonderful, brave and intelligent. Loved poured from her,” said April.
When she was four, Aimee began to learn Braille and April was told her daughter had the mental age of someone twice her age. The youngster loved to sing – a recording of her singing one of her favourite songs, Daisy Daisy, was played at her funeral in Risby on Wednesday.
April, who also has a son, Thomas, 10, first realised something was wrong with her daughter when she noticed her eyes flickering from side to side at just five months old.
Despite operations in 2004 and 2008, the tumour returned and, in November 2009, the family were told there was nothing else doctors could do.
“It was the worst feeling in the world.
“Me and her dad decided we would just give her the best quality of life we could,” April said.
The family now has several charity events taking place in her memory.
Dad Luke Sigley is running the Great North Run in September and can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/luke-sigley/
Stepdad Ben Pottle is climbing Ben Nevis in May for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and will be joined by family member Steve Wood, who is climbing for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/ben-pottle and www.justgiving.com/stephen-wood0