Dad shares heartbreaking photo of terminally ill daughter to show 'the true face of cancer'

By admin
03 November 2016

"This is the true face of cancer, my baby girl's blood vessels protruding from beneath her skin, a solitary tear running down her cheek."

A photographer captured a devastating moment of his cancer-stricken daughter in pain, after discovering she likely only has weeks to live.

Jessica Whelan appears to be writhing in pain in the black and white picture her dad Andrew shared in a bid to "capture the truth and the reality of a situation".

"This is the hardest photograph I have ever made," heartbroken Andrew captioned the photo of Jessica, who is currently battling neuroblastoma, on Facebook.

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"A few days ago she was given what is most likely only a few weeks to live after a battle against cancer that has been waged for over twelve months.

"This photograph was made in a moment that we as parents could offer her no comfort, her pushing us away whilst she rode out this searing pain in solitude. This sadly, for us as a family, is not a sight that we see rarely.

"This is now a familiar sight that we see regularly through each day and night, its frequency now more often."

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Andy (30) and Jessica’s mother Nicki Pendergast (28) have decided to stop her treatment after doctors said they could do nothing more for their daughter, The Mirror reports.

They're currently managing her pain with morphine, but there are excruciating moments for little Jessica -- as Andrew's photograph shows.

"This is the true face of cancer, my baby girl's blood vessels protruding from beneath her skin, a solitary tear running down her cheek, her body stiffened and her face contorted in pain," Andrew said.

PHOTO: facebook.com/Afightagainstneuroblastoma PHOTO: facebook.com/Afightagainstneuroblastoma

He explained why he decided to make the photo public.

"With this photo I do not mean to offend or upset, I do mean however to educate and shock those that see it in it’s context.

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"Perhaps by seeing this photo people not in our position will be made aware of the darkness that is childhood cancer, perhaps these same people may be able to do something about it so that in the future no child has to suffer this pain."



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