Four-year-old with brain tumour who won hearts of Wrexham owners dies
Four-year-old girl who battled terminal brain tumour and won the hearts of Hollywood stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds has died ‘peacefully surrounded by her family’
- Aria Hodgkiss, four, was given 12 months to live after brain tumour diagnosis
- Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney pledged £10,000 to help fund treatment
- Her heartbroken family revealed that she died peacefully surrounded by them
- Parents were told she had a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma on her third birthday
A four-year-old girl who battled a terminal brain tumour and won the hearts of Hollywood stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds has died ‘peacefully surrounded by her family’.
Aria Hodgkiss, from Wrexham, North Wales, was given just 12 months to live after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.
Aria’s parents Melanie and Carl were given the news that their daughter had a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – a highly aggressive brain cancer – on the child’s third birthday in May 2021.
Earlier this year, Wrexham co-owners McElhenney and Reynolds pledged £10,000 each to help fund alternative treatment in a bid to help extend Aria’s life. A GoFundMe page for Aria raised an astonishing £75,675.
Aria Hodgkiss (pictured), from Wrexham, North Wales, who won the hearts of Hollywood stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds has sadly died
Earlier this year, Wrexham co-owners Reynolds and McElhenney (pictured L-R) pledged £10,000 each to help fund alternative treatment in a bid to help extend Aria’s life
However, the heartbroken family announced this morning that Aria had died.
They said: ‘Our brave warrior, our baby girl Aria, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at 12:30am.
‘We are absolutely devastated and we have no idea how we will carry on each day. But, we promise you that we will carry on for you. We love you so so much Aria.’
Tributes soon followed on social media, with one person writing: ‘So sorry for your loss. Thoughts with you all.’
Another said: ‘Absolutely heartbreaking. All my love and strength I’m sending to you all.’
Aria (pictured with mother Melanie), who was diagnosed with the terminal brain cancer on her third birthday, died ‘peacefully surrounded by her family’
Aria (pictured) was given just 12 months to live after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour
A GoFundMe page that was set up for Aria by her family raised an astonishing £75,675
Aria’s symptoms first appeared in September 2020 when her parents started to notice that she was losing her balance and her mobility was becoming increasingly impaired.
Speaking in February this year, mother Melanie said: ‘We’re just thankful for every day we have with her.’
There is no known cure for DIPG, a terminal brain tumour that cannot be removed. Most children die within 18 months of diagnosis.
On November 29, the family announced that Aria’s condition had been declining and they were told she may only have days left. Sadly, it turned out to be the case.
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