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Margot Martini, Toddler Behind #SwabForMargot Campain, Died This Morning

October 27, 2014

Some very sad news this evening, readers.

Inspirational toddler Margot Martini who touched hearts around the world as she courageously battled cancer, died this morning surrounded by her loving family.

A heartbreaking statement issued by parents Vicki and Yaser said the two-year-old “died peacefully and was surrounded by those who love her.”

The toddler underwent a bone marrow transplant in February after a match was found but the cancer returned, reports the Birmingham Mail .

The poignant statement said: “At 10:24 this morning, our dear little daughter, Margot passed away at home.

“She died peacefully and was surrounded by those who love her. Thank you for all your love and support. Vicki, Yaser, Oscar & Rufus.”

Margot had been diagnosed with both acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and acute myeloid leukaemia last year.

Yesterday her parents, originally from Essington, near Wolverhampton, had posted on their Team Margot site on Facebook that they were taking the situation “hour-by-hour” as their little girl’s condition worsened.

The statement said: “Margot’s condition has deteriorated significantly over the past couple of days and in particular since yesterday (Saturday) afternoon; she’s now in a very poor and fragile state.

“A syringe driver has been introduced to combat the increased & more intensive need for pain relief. This is a pump that runs 24 hours a day, continuously administering a slow infusion comprising morphine & ketamine and latterly midazolam and anti sickness meds as well.

“To compound matters, Margot has picked up a line infection in her port and consequently today, the port has been de accessed and the syringe driver is now working via sub cutaneous access in her right leg.

“It’s an extremely difficult time for Margot and for all the family. The only thing we can now do is continue to monitor her constantly changing condition and try and keep her comfortable.

“Margot has been asleep all day and she continues to sleep peacefully. Mercifully, for now at least the drugs appear to be working.”

Celebrities including Stephen Hawking, Omid Djalili, Catherine Tate, Boris Becker and Bill Bryson had all given their support for Margot.

And a special video was previously recorded by her favourite TV character Peppa Pig.

The message from Peppa – voiced by 12-year-old Harley Bird – ends with the touching words “Goodnight Margot, sleep tight.”

Brave Margot inspired hundreds to become life-saving bone marrow donors as part of the Delete Blood Cancer awareness campaign.

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