The heartbroken father of ‘miracle lady’ Milli Lucas has written a robust tribute to his daughter simply days after her tragic demise on the age of 14 from mind most cancers.
The Perth teenager – whose zest for all times within the face of a terminal analysis touched hearts throughout Australia – was operated on by famend neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo in a high-stakes process in June 2019.
Western Australian medical doctors had deemed the most cancers inoperable however Dr Teo eliminated 98 per cent of the tumour throughout a painstaking eight-hour operation in Sydney.
The most cancers although returned in March and on Monday Milli lastly succumbed to her sickness on Monday, 4 weeks after celebrating her 14th birthday.
Milli (left), the Perth teen operated on by Dr Charlie Teo (proper) died on Monday, aged 14
Her father Grant Lucas posted a gut-wrenching tribute to his daughter on Wednesday. ‘Love you child, so damaged,’ he wrote
‘Love you child, so damaged,’ her father Grant Lucas wrote in a Fb put up on Wednesday morning.
‘I’ll always remember the bond we had coming into this world and the even stronger bond we had whenever you left our world.
‘You had been an distinctive daughter who I beloved with my the whole lot.’
Dr Teo earlier issued a heartbreaking tribute to his ‘miracle lady’.
‘Milli’s legacy is easy however enlightening,’ he stated.
‘When confronted with adversity, you could be offended, resentful, bitter and consumed or you possibly can settle for the hand that you’ve got been dealt and profit from what you have got.’
‘She was an distinctive instance of find out how to profit from one’s life. Milli was dignified, brave, comfortable, thoughtful and decided,’ he informed the West Australian.
Milli’s household have vowed to make sure her legacy will dwell on ceaselessly. Milli is pictured together with her father
Milli received the hearts of many throughout Australia together with her beaming smile and unimaginable zest for all times
‘I beloved her dearly.’
WA Premier Mark McGowan additionally paid tribute to the teenager, labelling her ‘an exquisite lady’.
Her mom Monica Smirk confirmed the unhappy information to social media followers on Tuesday evening as she paid a heartbreaking tribute to her courageous daughter.
Milli’s courageous and exhausting fought most cancers battle got here to a heartbreaking finish on Monday. Her mom shared this picture when she confirmed the unhappy information to on-line followers
Milli Lucas (pictured) made headlines round Australia often called Dr Teo’s ‘miracle lady’
‘Our hearts are damaged, our angel is now flying excessive and the world won’t ever be the identical,’ she wrote.
‘Child lady, you had been the complete bundle, good, humorous, athletic, stunning and will sing like an angel.
‘That is why they took you early. You had all classes accomplished.’
Milli Lucas (left) pictured with sister Tess received hearts throughout Australia together with her courageous most cancers battle
She vowed the household would guarantee Milli’s legacy would dwell on ceaselessly.
‘Our love for you is rarely ending, our lives won’t ever be the identical,’ Ms Smirk continued.
‘Ceaselessly missed, however know you may be round us on a regular basis. ‘You actually had been an Angel who now has her wings again.’
The Millstar Basis will proceed to assist different households.
The put up has been flooded with lots of of heartfelt tributes.
Amelia ‘Milli’ Lucas (pictured recovering in hospital) had 98 per cent of her tumour eliminated in 2019 earlier than the most cancers returned in March final 12 months
‘Milli, your struggle, braveness and power was inspirational. Your loved ones and mates confirmed love, power and the willingness to by no means surrender and to maintain preventing in your behalf. Relaxation now and be at peace, your ache is gone,’ one particular person wrote.
One pal added: ‘Milli, you may be missed gonna miss u heaps. I miss our chats on the Fremantle Dockers video games. I am crying. I’ll always remember u Milli love u heaps sending heap of kisses and hugs to the household.’
Milli’s beloved AFL membership Fremantle Dockers have additionally paid their respects.
‘Milli, you stole the purple coronary heart of each Fremantle participant, workers member and supporter. We’re deeply saddened you might be now not with us…however you’ll at all times be FOREVER Freo. Our ideas are with your loved ones,’ the membership posted.
Milli turned 14 on December 5, which she spent watching films and swimming with mates and loved a rainbow cake.
Milli’s mom Monica Smirk confirmed the heartbreaking information through Fb on Tuesday evening she had died
Her dad and mom admitted on the time ‘disappointment is coming’.
‘I keep in mind mendacity in mattress with Grant when Milli was first identified and stated to him if we are able to get our lady to 14 then that may be a tremendous feat,’ Ms Smirk wrote.
‘We should always have been so ecstatic and comfortable that we received her right here, however behind our minds we all know the disappointment that’s coming.
‘So exhausting to be comfortable, for each of us we tried and made positive she had an superior day.’
Milli achieved her lifelong dream of skydiving just a few weeks later and ‘beloved each minute’.
Milli (pictured final month) died on Monday, simply 4 weeks after celebrating her 14th birthday
‘Milli was spoilt rotten and there are such a lot of unimaginable individuals on the market that care and assist her – we’re very humble,’ Ms Smirk added.
‘So to everybody who has messaged, despatched playing cards, given pressies and effectively needs we’re eternally grateful that Milli had an superior day and will get her dream.’
In October, an nameless donor paid for the Royal Flying Physician Service to gather the courageous teenager after her Sydney operation and return her to Perth.
On the mercy flight was a specialist physician, a nurse and a bunch of particular tools to make sure Milli continued receiving medical consideration within the sky.
Images from her birthday in December present Milli sitting in a wheelchair with rainbow 14 balloons and a vibrant birthday cake
Earlier than her first surgical procedure with Dr Teo, Milli was wheeled in understanding she could not stroll, discuss or see ever once more.
However in opposition to all odds, the courageous younger schoolgirl proved to be a fighter following the ‘massively profitable’ operation.
Milli’s story made headlines in 2019 after beneficiant household, mates and strangers raised greater than $170,000 to assist pay for the life-saving operation.
Many medical doctors declined to carry out the operation on Milli – who was informed she had simply 12 weeks to dwell – because the tumour was in a excessive danger ‘no go zone’ of the mind.
Dad and mom Monica Smirk and Grant Lucas have paid a heartbreaking tribute to their courageous lady
Milli’s mum Monica Smirk stated the household had been capable of mark Milli’s current birthday due to the assistance of Dr Teo and their determination to associate with additional remedy
Nevertheless, Dr Teo supplied to do the process earlier than she travelled to Germany to eliminate the remaining two per cent.
Milli extremely returned to high school simply weeks after her surgical procedure.
The schoolgirl’s uncommon situation put her prone to creating numerous forms of most cancers, which has additionally affected her older sister Tess, her mom and cousin Beau.
Tess was additionally identified with mind tumour however she has since been given the all-clear, whereas their mum – who has a household historical past of most cancers – underwent a double mastectomy after she was identified with breast most cancers in 2016.
A TIMELINE OF MILLI’S JOURNEY
January 2016: Milli, who has extraordinarily uncommon Li-Fraumeni syndrome, is identified with an aggressive and malignant mind tumour.
January 2016 – April 2019: The 12-year-old undergoes years of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy therapies to try to shrink the tumour.
April 2019: Medical doctors in Perth inform the Lucas Smirk household that her therapies are solely getting bigger and so they cannot carry out surgical procedure on the mind stem as a result of it’s too dangerous. They put her into palliative care.
Could 2019: The household had been informed she has simply ‘weeks left to dwell’, Milli’s household begin a GoFundMe web page to boost $170,000 and go to famend neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo in Sydney.
June 2019: Dr Teo removes 98 per cent of the tumour and Milli is awake 24 hours later.
July 2019: Milli spends 4 weeks in Germany making an attempt to take away the remaining two per cent of tissue.
August 2019: Milli and her sister Tess return to high school as they await information concerning the tumour.
March 2020: Scans discover a cancerous tumour has returned to Milli’s mind. She will get a pet named Sprite to assist her by means of the subsequent a part of her most cancers journey.
April 2020: Milli was informed she could not discuss, stroll and see once more however she defied the chances after a gruelling eight-hour mind tumour surgical procedure by Dr Teo.
October 2020: Milli returns residence to Perth to be together with her household
December 2020: Milli celebrated her 14th birthday watching films and swimming with mates as her dad and mom admit ‘disappointment is coming’
January 2021: Milli dies aged simply 14