The McCallum family is in a state of mourning after they lost their young daughter, Bella, to cancer. But before she died, Bella experienced one last moment of joy.
A terminally ill five-year-old girl, Bella McCallum, enjoyed her last moment of joy before her death, when she received a special visit from Father Christmas.
The little girl curled up in her mother’s arms and was surrounded by her sister and father when Santa Claus came to visit. The charity supported by the Mirror Christmas Appeal this year has brought the holiday spirit back to the family.
Bella McCallum with her siblings and Santa [left Bella McCallum and her mom [right]| Photo: facebook.com/craigy.mac.92 facebook.com/rebecca.mccallum.92
The foundation is awareness that little Bella was seriously ill and wouldn’t make it on December 25th. So she made one of the most thoughtful gestures ever, giving the ailing child a chance finally to be happy.
Bella has been in pain for several months and her eyesight has deteriorated, but an early Christmas visit from Santa is enough to lift her spirits.
The little girl’s health challenges began in 2016. Bella always appears normal during the day, but at night, she has trouble sleeping. Breathing became difficult and Bella’s parents had to take her to the hospital.
However, after several meetings with the doctor, nothing seemed to go wrong. Finally, in January 2017, Bella’s parents received the saddest news – there was a tumor in their daughter’s lung.
As soon as she could, Bella started chemotherapy and radiation, which helped her get better. Sadly, things took a turn for the worse in April 2019 when she suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Bella’s family had to live with the situation of being unable to do anything for their young daughter.
As the days passed, Bella’s health deteriorated. Although the tumor was removed, some cancer cells remained in her brain. So she started chemotherapy again, but after three months, she stopped because nothing had progressed.
Bella’s family had to live with the situation of being unable to do anything for their young daughter. All the little girl’s parents dream of is spending a Christmas together as a family.
The parents accepted their wish, and it was a priceless moment. Becca McCallum, Bella’s mother, revealed that Santa Claus gave her daughter a key with a bell.
According to the emotional mother, Bella has lost her eyesight, but she can hear Santa. After he left, the happy child continued to ring the bell, and Becca described the moment as “really magical” and one to be grateful for.
Sadly, two days after Santa’s visit on September 16, 2019, Bella passed away. It was an incredibly heartbreaking time for Becca, her husband Craig and their daughter, Madison, who was with her sister at the time of her death.
However, the child’s mother explained that the experience softened Bella’s final days. According to Becca, it allows all family members to be together and surround her with love.
In March 2021, a fundraiser was lift up for a charity called “Young Lives vs. Cancer” in honor of Bella. Grandfather’s family child also hosted the 500,000 steps challenge in March to honor CLIC Sargent for helping his family.
Even though Bella is no longer alive, it’s nice to know she is still remembered and celebrated as a cheerful girl and a source of happiness to her family.
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