A seven-year-old boy whose last wish was to be buried next to his mother so she could “look after him in heaven” has died from cancer.
Filip Kwasny, who had been living in Great Ormond Street Hospital and receiving palliative care, died on Friday.
He was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia in September last year and received treatment including chemotherapy and stem cell treatment, which he stopped responding to.
Filip’s last wish had been to be buried next to his mother, who died from cancer when he was just two years old. She is buried in the village of Wadowice in Poland.
Friends of Filip and his father, Piotr Kwasny, helped to set up a Just Giving campaign to raise money to fulfil this wish.
The campaign explained that Filip’s father, who had spent every day by his son’s side in hospital, suffers from Spina Bifida, diabetes, hypertension, has only one kidney and is currently unable to work.
The campaign had asked for help with raising £6,500 to see Filip buried with his mother but by the time it was closed it had raised over £41,000.
Mr Kwasny thanked people for the generous donations, telling Gazette News that Filip will never be forgotten and will always be loved.
“I really appreciate all the support from the public and from Just Giving which is going to enable me to fulfil Filip’s wish of being put to rest next to his mother,” he added.
Just Giving has now closed the donation page for Filip. A spokesperson for the crowd funding platform, Rhys Goode, said: “Knowing that you are losing a child is devastating, but knowing that you are financially unable to fulfil their last wish must be shattering.
“We are so pleased that the JustGiving community came together to enable Filip to fulfil his last wish. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”