Scots teen passes away after heroic cancer battle with twin sister by her side

A Scots teenager has died after a heroic seven-year cancer battle.

Brave Sophie Walker, from Edinburgh, was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour, a type of kidney cancer, in 2017 after being rushed to hospital with a suspected stomach bug.

The 17-year-old had gone into remission twice and tragically relapsed four times - with the cancer returning more than three times between 2020 and 2024.

Sophie and Megan Walker
Sophie and Megan Walker -Credit:Rebecca Walker/SWNS

She passed away on Saturday July 6, with her parents Rebecca, 44, and Jamie, 55, and her twin sister Megan by her side. Her heartbroken family paid a moving tribute to their "beautiful and brave" girl.

In a statement they said: "Our beautiful, intelligent, funny, thoughtful and brave girl Sophie fell fast asleep last night just after 6.30pm with Megan lying by her side and surrounded by all her family."

"We love Sophie with all our hearts and our world will never be the same again, to say we are heartbroken is a complete understatement.

"Please keep our broken family in your thoughts and prayers, this is a post I never ever thought I’d have to write."

Sophie was diagnosed with cancer after she was taken to hospital with symptoms of a severe stomach bug. Her twin sister Megan, also experienced 'phantom' symptoms including back pain in the location where medics discovered Sophie's tumour.

The teenager was later given the all-clear three times but the cancer always returned.

Over seven years Sophie tried all the treatment options available on the NHS and in March the family were told there was nothing more the national health service could offer.

Sophie previously managed to travel to abroad for treatment but needed to make multiple trips for it to be effective.

In April, a clinic in Germany offered the teenager a groundbreaking new treatment which applies chemotherapy directly to the tumour via blood vessels.

Her nine siblings began an impassioned fundraising campaign for the teenager and raised more than £90,000 so she could travel for the specialist treatment.

Her family had hoped the treatment could shrink the size of her spinal tumour enough for Sophie to fly to the US for another specialist treatment program.

Not wanting to miss out on life, the teenager continued to live every day to the fullest - even taking a trip to Disneyland with her friends while battling the deadly disease.

Her mum previously told the Record: "In Disneyland, she was like any average 17-year-old, she's a big Star Wars fan and bought lightsabers.

"She got to be a normal teenager - it was so nice to just watch her being normal."

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