Denham: Aimee Sigley, 7, dies of a brain tumour
A MOTHER has described her seven-year-old daughter who died of a brain tumour as ‘an angel on Earth’.
Aimee Sigley, seven, was diagnosed with the tumour when she was just eight months old and lost her sight on her first birthday.
Despite two operations and several bouts of chemotherapy, Aimee who lived in Denham, died at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Milton centre on March 16.
April Mason, Aimee’s mother, said: “If angels were on Earth, she would be one of them.
“Everyone who came into contact with her felt this warmth.
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“Love just poured from her.
“She had been to hell and back but she never stopped smiling.”
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Doctors found Aimee had a large tumour on her brain after her eyes started flickering from side to side when she was eight months old.
The brave toddler then underwent a course of chemotherapy before an operation to remove the growth when she was three.
Despite having lost her sight, Aimee grew into a happy, bubbly child alongside her brother, Thomas, 10.
“She grew into this amazing, bubbly little girl,” April said. “She would go off and chat to everyone.
“Everything she said was a compliment. She used to say ‘Mum, we’re best friends forever’.”
Despite suffering brain damage in a second operation in 2008 which meant she lost her short-term memory, Aimee astonished doctors by learning to walk and talk again.
But the tumour returned in November 2009 and, despite undergoing another course of chemotherapy, doctors told April and Aimee’s father, Luke Sigley, 28, there was nothing more they could do.
“We wanted to give her the best quality of life for however long she had left,” April said.
“She had been through so much already.”
Aimee’s condition became progressively worse over Christmas last year and she was finally admitted to the Milton hospice, where she died last Wednesday.
“The staff at the hospice were the kindest people,” April said. “You need them at a time like that.
“They are amazing.”
Aimee’s coffin was carried to her funeral at Risby church on Wednesday in a glass carriage pulled by four white horses.
A recording of Aimee singing her favourite song Daisy Daisy, was also played at the service.
Aimee’s father, Luke Sigley, is now planning to tackle the Great North Run in September to raise �10,000 for the British Brain Tumour Society.
To support his fundraising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/luke-sigley
April’s partner Ben Pottle, 26, is planning to climb Ben Nevis in May to raise �10,000 for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, with his brother-in-law Steve Wood, wants to raise �20,000 for EACH.
Sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/ben-pottle and www.justgiving.com/stephenwood0.