Amazing Hartlepool schoolgirl who is battling leukaemia collects selections boxes for other sick children in hospital

The family of a Hartlepool youngster say they are overwhelmed by their daughter’s generosity as she focuses on making other sick children happy in the run-up to Christmas – despite needing more treatment herself.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 9:48 am
Updated Sunday, 24th November 2019, 4:13 pm
Keisha Watson has collected selection boxes to give out as presents at RVI Newcastle. Picture: Ryan Young.
Keisha Watson has collected selection boxes to give out as presents at RVI Newcastle. Picture: Ryan Young.

Nine-year-old Keisha Watson was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was only four-years-old and is being treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

She received a bone marrow transplant 18 months ago – but was told in August that the treatment had failed and she would need more chemotherapy.

To the surprise of her parents, the first thing Keisha wanted to do was get a Christmas gift for all the other children in the hospital.

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Keisha with her family. From left, Kane (14), Bella (1) dad Ryan, Scarlett (4) and mum Natalie with baby Ryan Junior.

Keisha’s mum, Natalie Watson, 35, said: “It was overwhelming she just didn’t think about herself,

“She’s always been a caring person, everything that was going on and she just cared about other people, even after what she had just gone through.”

Due to her condition Keisha has been isolated for a number of months, and was unable to have contact with her family while in hospital.

This meant she was unable to bond with her new baby brother, who is 16-weeks-old.

Keisha delivering selection boxes to RVI children's cancer ward. Picture: Ryan Young.

Keisha has now returned home but remains in isolation and is only allowed around her mum, dad Ryan Young and her five siblings.

She is under strict care and supervision and when out in public has to wear and mask and cannot interacting with strangers.

Natalie added: “Now that’s she’s out of hospital all she could think about was the other children and what they would get for Christmas.

“When she told me she wanted to hand out selection boxes, we were still in hospital so I put a status out on Facebook and asked people when Christmas shopping to think about the children and pick up a selection box and donate it.

Keisha pictured with her family in Hartlepool.

“Then other people started getting in touch and it just went viral.”

Keisha handed in more than 300 selection boxes to the children’s cancer ward on Thursday, November 21.

Natalie added: “I just want to say thank you to everyone who donated a selection box it’s made one of her wishes come true.”