A brave Blackpool toddler who fought back from the brink of death is now dreaming of a fantasy Disneyland holiday.
When Isabelle Ashton-Buxton, three, was diagnosed with cancer in March last year, her devastated family were told to prepare for the worst.
But the miracle tot defeated all odds when she opened her eyes from a five-week-long coma at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool this month.
Now godfather Barry Davenport, 27, is pulling out all the stops to raise money to treat his beloved ‘Princess Belle’ to a dream holiday filled with all her favourite Disney stars.
The ‘Fund-raiser for Blackpool’s Princess Isabelle’ will take place at The Excelsior Pub on Lytham Road, Blackpool, at 7.30pm on April 29. The event will feature live entertainment and a raffle and auction with prizes donated by Sandcastle Water Park, the Dalmeny Hotel, Revival Tattoos on Whitegate Drive, and Revolution Blackpool on Market Street.
Ladbrokes manager Barry, who lives off Bloomfield Road, said: “She’s been so brave.
She’s been on life support for the last five weeks after having a bad reaction to her treatment. It was very stressful
“She’s been on life support for the last five weeks after having a bad reaction to her treatment. It was very stressful.
“One day the doctors took her mum and dad into a room and told them ‘this will be the hardest six hours of your life’, and to go and get all the family there right away.
“They thought she was going to die, but she pulled through. That’s the fighter she is.”
Inspired by his god daughter’s bravery, Barry organised the fund-raising event with the help of Isabelle’s mum, Letitia Ashton, 24, and dad Tony Buxton, 23.
Letitia, who lives on Marlhill Road, Layton, said: “A couple of times we thought she wasn’t going to make it. Her lungs were inflamed and weren’t working as they should be so she had to be put on oxygen. It was horrible and heartbreaking. Now she’s being weaned off the oxygen gradually and taking little breaths herself.
“Isabelle has always loved Disney films and princesses. Her favourite is Princess Belle because she has the same name.
“We have always said we would take her to Disneyland one day when she’s all better and she was very excited.”
Barry added: “She’s never been on holiday before and she’s always wanted to meet the princesses. The cancer is just fading now and the doctors said she’ll be well enough to fly once she gets through it.”
The Fund-raiser for Blackpool’s Princess Isabelle hopes to raise more than £1,000 to fund the Ashton-Buxton family’s holiday to the Disneyland resort in Paris. People who are unable to attend but still wish to support the family can donate online at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Princess-belle.