'I told her it was OK to close her eyes and go to sleep and I kissed her': Cancer stricken four-year-old who broke the internet's heart after her father posted a photo of her pain and suffering has died, family announce

      • Jessica Whelan’s plight went viral when her father posted a photograph
      • Image shows the girl grimacing in pain as she battles terminal condition
      • Thousands of well-wishers have now pledged £76,000 in Jessica’s name
      • The young tot was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma last year 

      A four-year-old girl who captured the hearts of the nation has died after losing her battle with cancer.

      Jessica Whelan’s plight came to the public attention when her father Andy Whelan published a distressing black and white image showing the little girl grimacing in pain as she battles her terminal condition.

      The four-year-old, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in September last year and is no longer receiving treatment.

      Strangers raised £76,000 to give the little girl the chance to enjoy the last few weeks that she has to live, but she tragically died at 7am this morning.

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      A fundraising campaign for four-year-old cancer sufferer Jessica Whelan, whose struggle was highlighted in a heartbreaking photograph, (pictured) has raised more than £75,000 
      A fundraising campaign for four-year-old cancer sufferer Jessica Whelan, whose struggle was highlighted in a heartbreaking photograph, (pictured) has raised more than £75,000

      Jessica Whelan's plight came to the public attention when her father Andy (with whom she is pictured) published a distressing black and white image showing the little girl grimacing in pain as she battles her terminal condition 
      Jessica Whelan’s plight came to the public attention when her father Andy (with whom she is pictured) published a distressing black and white image showing the little girl grimacing in pain as she battles her terminal condition

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