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Teen Told He Will Live After All

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Deryn Blackwell, 14, was sure he was near the end. At the age of 10, he was diagnosed with cancer. Then, 18 months later he found out he had another form of cancer, Langerhans Cell Sarcoma, which affects the lungs and the immune system.

The teen from Norfolk, England endured years of chemotherapy, radiation, medication and four failed bone marrow transplants.

Deryn had planned his funeral. He wanted it to be unforgettable. He wanted his coffin to be driven in the same hearse that carried Winston Churchill and he wanted it taken to the crematorium as the Danish pop hit Move Your Feet played. He wanted relatives to wear specially selected outfits, and, true to his lively spirit, he wanted to be laid to rest with a pink mohawk.

Last December, his family decided there was nothing else to do. The family took him off the antibiotics that were keeping him alive and moved to a hospice to make the most of the time he had left.

They even celebrated Christmas early on the 14th, because they didnt expect him to live for more than a few days.

Then, he lived past Christmas. Then, New Year. In January, he accidentally ripped off a bandage covering his finger. He shocked doctors when he showed them his injured finger had completely healed, which went totally against what they were expecting from a patient without a functioning immune system.  It seemed that his last bone transplant had actually worked. 

Three months after doctors gave him a death sentence, he was told his treatment was over.

The Daily Mail reports that Deryn initially had trouble accepting he was going to live after being told he was going to die. He even stopped eating at some point. The family had prepared a charity as legacy to keep his memory alive. Now, Deryn is using the charity to help other kids with cancer deal with this terrible disease.

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