The family of a Blacon teenager who died shortly after being given the all-clear from cancer say the passage of time has done little to heal their grief.
Thursday (June 9) will mark 12 months since Jessica Versey passed away following a year long battle with acute myeloid leukaemia at the age of just 19.
She had endured months of aggressive and gruelling treatment and when doctors said the only hope of saving her life would be a stem cell transplant donated to her by her 10-year-old sister Maisy, the siblings underwent the procedure and were thrilled when she was given the all clear a few months later, just before Christmas 2014.
But the family’s joy was short-lived when only six months later Jessica, of Hatton Road, contracted an infection which claimed her life - leaving her parents and siblings devastated.
Now as the first anniversary of her death approaches, Jessica’s mum Jane said life has not got any easier since losing her.
Speaking to The Chronicle, Jane said: “It is coming up to a year since our daughter Jessica passed away. Losing a child has changed us and we will never be the same again because part of us has gone forever.
“I would like to say it’s getting easier but in truth it isn’t. During Jessica’s fight we met countless people going through the same thing and it is their steadfast and selfless attitude that is an inspiration to us, as well as Jessica’s courage and strength.
“People like her make our days bearable. We will never forget Jessica.”
Former Queen’s Park High School student Jessica always made her gratitude to Maisy extremely clear, and her selfless actions earned her the Young Person of the Year award at the 2014 Trinity Mirror Scottish Power Your Champions Awards.
And the remarkable youngster is still making sacrifices to help others - in March she had all her hair cut off and shaved her head for The Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes real-hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
Chester-based charity Miles of Smiles had been so touched by Maisy’s bravery that they raised money to send her on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris, but the youngster insisted another child who ‘might not get a chance’ should go in her place.