Deryn Blackwell, a 14 year-old boy, didnt think he had long to live. He had leukemia and was fighting another rare cancer. Last December, he was told he only had days to live. Deryn began planning his own funeral, his coffin was to be driven in the same hearse that once carried Winston Churchill. Then, he wanted to be brought into the crematorium to the sound of Move Your Feet. He also wanted to be laid to rest wearing a suit and having a styled pink mohawk.
But then, everything changed.
Deryn was told he wouldnt see Christmas. When he was 10 years-old he was diagnosed with leukemia. Then, he was diagnosed with the extremely rare Langerhans cell sarcoma.
Doctors attempted to give Deryn bone marrow. All of the surgeries failed and his body was being attacked by multiple infections.
He even had a superbug that caused three of his fingers to go black and necrotic. He and his parents were told, This is the end.
He accepted his own death. Deryn had been fighting hard for four years and he just wanted an end to the struggling.
He went home that December, thinking he wouldnt see Christmas. But then Christmas passed. And New Years. In the second week of January, Deryn accidentally tore a bandage off one of his fingers. It wasnt decayed down to the bone. It was healed.
His immune system was completely shot, he was taken off drugs at the very end and doctors dont know HOW he was able to fight off so many infections. But he did.
No one can explain just how Deryn survived, other than it being a miracle. Two months ago we were getting ready to cremate Deryn and now they are telling us that his treatment is over, his mother said.
Now, as strange as it sounds, Deryn is coping with life
. He had been so ready to die and give up his battle with cancer, he is now unsure what to do with his new lease on life. This is truly a miracle and we hope that Deryn learns to live again, even though things were so dark for so long.