CRISTIAN Ruiz, the 7-year-old Spanish boy who was fighting a serious brain tumour, died at 3 a.m.
The doctors had given him six months to live, the same duration his personal battle with the illness lasted.
“He has lost the battle after six months of constant fighting,” Fali Arjona, the family spokesperson said in a heartbreaking statement.
Visibly moved, the spokesman of Cristian’s family lamented the death “after so much struggle. “We thought he wanted to live because he fought so hard, but in the end he lost the battle,” Fali said.
The parents of the child want their son’s case to be used by the government to allocate a larger budget to cancer research. “We wanted people to be aware and for Christian to serve as an icon for more research.” he said.
The boy underwent thirteen sessions of conventional radiotherapy, “very aggressive for a child,” added Arjona.
The child’s family had opened an Instagram account in order to explain and share with others the whole process they are going through after learning about the illness the child was suffering from.
According to Malaga Hoy, the parents had planned to travel to the Netherlands in the promise of an experimental drug “which unfortunately did not arrive”. “We want to save his life, give him a chance,” Arjona said, adding that Cristian is now resting after a “constant and continuous struggle” that will serve as an example to other patients in his same situation. This Thursday, he will be buried in the cemetery of Parcemasa in Malaga at 11:30.
“Our little warrior is already in heaven”