Tributes to 'brave little princess' after she loses battle with brain tumour

The Bolton News: Jessica Green’s smiles lit up her family’s life Jessica Green’s smiles lit up her family’s life

THE devastated parents of a six-year-old girl have paid tribute to their brave little “princess” who defied the odds and fought terminal cancer for three years.

Jessica Alice Green lost her battle against a brain tumour on Tuesday, April 1.

The pupil at Mytham Primary School in Little Lever was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma — an aggressive brain tumour — in March, 2011, aged just three.

Doctors told Jessica’s parents, Carl Green and Lisa McLoughlin, that they would not be able to operate on the tumour and gave the youngster just nine months to live.

But after a course of radiotherapy, Jessica went on to live for another three years and meet her baby sister, Abigail.

Carl Green, aged 36, of York Avenue, Little Lever, said: “When we were told Jess only had nine months to live, we decided we were going to cram as much in as we could.

“We went to both Disney Lands, Lapland and on a cruise. She did more in six years than some people will do in a lifetime.”

Jessica went on to start primary school — something her family thought they would never get to see.

Keen to keep her life as normal as possible, Carl and Lisa only told her teachers to ensure she was treated exactly the same as the other children.


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Mr Green added: “She was at nursery when she was first diagnosed and we thought she would never start school.

“The thing is, she disguised her illness so well. She never looked poorly and a lot of people didn’t know about the cancer. She was cheeky, pretty and princess mad.”

But last November, Carl and Lisa noticed Jessica had developed a squint in one of her eyes.

A scan at the Christie in Manchester confirmed their worse fears — the tumour had come back.

Mr Green said: “Obviously we were gutted when we found out.

“The cancer came back with a vengeance. All we could do was hope she’d make it through Christmas. But like the brave little girl she was, she kept going.”

It was not until March when Jessica became seriously ill. Gradually she lost the ability to walk, eat and talk.

Jessica was taken Derian House Children’s Hospice, where she died surrounded by her parents and grandparents.

Mr Green added: “She was very poorly in March, but she managed to make it to Mother’s Day, which was very special.

“Jess was an extraordinary little girl. She was very brave and fought until her last breath. She was a very loving child and loved life.

“As always, she went on to prove everybody wrong and lived longer. We had a fantastic time in those six years and for that we will always be grateful.”

Jessica’s funeral will be held at 11am on Tuesday at St Matthew’s Church in Little Lever.

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8:56am Thu 10 Apr 14

glenn b says...

God bless x
God bless x glenn b
  • Score: 12

9:15am Thu 10 Apr 14

A Hybrid Lord says...

How very sad, such a beautiful little girl. Best wishes to the family.
How very sad, such a beautiful little girl. Best wishes to the family. A Hybrid Lord
  • Score: 15

9:18am Thu 10 Apr 14

catsden says...

RIP God Bless
RIP God Bless catsden
  • Score: 13

9:34am Thu 10 Apr 14

elimeleumas says...

Totally speechless after reading this. Very well written and, in my opinion, the most report worthy local story of the year. My thoughts are with the family of this extraordinarily special child, loved in life and now glorifying with a heavenly host of angels. Jessica smiles x
Totally speechless after reading this. Very well written and, in my opinion, the most report worthy local story of the year. My thoughts are with the family of this extraordinarily special child, loved in life and now glorifying with a heavenly host of angels. Jessica smiles x elimeleumas
  • Score: 26

10:04am Thu 10 Apr 14

m.nealon says...

I worked at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for 20 years and in paediatric Oncology for 7 years. The incredible courage and diligence of terminally ill children is phenomenal as was undoubtedly displayed by Jessica behind that magical smile and which always left staff breathless and humbled. Athough I live in Little Lever I did not know Jessica but clearly she was a stunningly beautiful little girl with tremendous strength. Her parents and family must be justifiably proud of her. My thoughts are with her family.
I worked at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for 20 years and in paediatric Oncology for 7 years. The incredible courage and diligence of terminally ill children is phenomenal as was undoubtedly displayed by Jessica behind that magical smile and which always left staff breathless and humbled. Athough I live in Little Lever I did not know Jessica but clearly she was a stunningly beautiful little girl with tremendous strength. Her parents and family must be justifiably proud of her. My thoughts are with her family. m.nealon
  • Score: 22

10:06am Thu 10 Apr 14

Barbara44 says...

What a beautifull little girl. My thoughts with her family.
What a beautifull little girl. My thoughts with her family. Barbara44
  • Score: 9

10:35am Thu 10 Apr 14

loveandpeace says...

This story has brought tears to my eyes...extremely heart wrenching...R.I.P. Jessica, and may GOD give courage to her parents to come to the terms of such a tragic loss of a little princess...
This story has brought tears to my eyes...extremely heart wrenching...R.I.P. Jessica, and may GOD give courage to her parents to come to the terms of such a tragic loss of a little princess... loveandpeace
  • Score: 6

11:18am Thu 10 Apr 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

A little angel who has gone to sleep rest in the arms of God xx Thinking and praying for you and the loved ones left behind whose hearts you will live in forever
A little angel who has gone to sleep rest in the arms of God xx Thinking and praying for you and the loved ones left behind whose hearts you will live in forever steverock6@sky.com
  • Score: 5

12:55pm Thu 10 Apr 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Puts life into perspective doesn't it,God bless and good luck for the future of this family.
Puts life into perspective doesn't it,God bless and good luck for the future of this family. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Julie Bax says...

PRINCESS JESS

Carl and Lisa I’m so very sorry
To read about the sad loss of Jess
But I promise you it does get better
Although the pain now wont seem any less!

Jess has had a wonderful life
And has done more than most would do
She’s left you here for the time being
But will always be with you!

God has gained another angel
And your girl has earned her wings
She’s left you with all your memories
And they are precious things!

So if you’re ever feeling low
And don’t know what to do
Just take this out and read it
And hopefully it will help you!

She’s up there now, looking down
And watching all of you
Just give it time and day by day
Her love will see you through!

-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-

By Julie Baxendale
PRINCESS JESS Carl and Lisa I’m so very sorry To read about the sad loss of Jess But I promise you it does get better Although the pain now wont seem any less! Jess has had a wonderful life And has done more than most would do She’s left you here for the time being But will always be with you! God has gained another angel And your girl has earned her wings She’s left you with all your memories And they are precious things! So if you’re ever feeling low And don’t know what to do Just take this out and read it And hopefully it will help you! She’s up there now, looking down And watching all of you Just give it time and day by day Her love will see you through! -x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x- By Julie Baxendale Julie Bax
  • Score: 20

2:29pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Tim Burr says...

Julie Baxendale,. thank you.
Julie Baxendale,. thank you. Tim Burr
  • Score: 4

4:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Beckifish89 says...

R.I.P little princess x x
R.I.P little princess x x Beckifish89
  • Score: 0

7:22pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Julie Bax says...

Tim Burr - you're very welcome - just had to write it when I read about Jess - touched my heart x
Tim Burr - you're very welcome - just had to write it when I read about Jess - touched my heart x Julie Bax
  • Score: 4

1:29am Fri 11 Apr 14

great ideas! says...

Rip little angel reading this story was heart breaking I just pray for the family it's a tragic loss
Rip little angel reading this story was heart breaking I just pray for the family it's a tragic loss great ideas!
  • Score: 1

3:19pm Fri 11 Apr 14

mark foley says...

god bless her . R.I.P BRAVE LITTLE GIRL
god bless her . R.I.P BRAVE LITTLE GIRL mark foley
  • Score: 0

8:41pm Wed 16 Apr 14

clairehowe85 says...

such a special little princess will be missed very much by everyone was a pleasure to look after always a very happy little girlxxx
such a special little princess will be missed very much by everyone was a pleasure to look after always a very happy little girlxxx clairehowe85
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