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‘I don’t understand how life can be so cruel’: Mother of baby son who died at just three days old reveals her one-month-old has leukaemia

  • Sophie Kitcher, 34, found out her baby boy Ralphie has leukaemia this week
  • Her first-born Huxley died last July during surgery to repair his intestine
  • Acute myeloid leukaemia is a rare form of cancer, especially for children
  • Doctors say Ralphie has a 30 per cent chance of survival after chemotherapy 

A heartbroken mother of a baby son who died at just three days old has revealed that her one-month-old baby has leukaemia. 

Sophie Kitcher, 34, from Ware in Hertfordshire, found out that her son Ralphie has acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) this week – and only has a 30 per cent chance of surviving. 

The tragic news comes after her first-born Huxley died last July at just three days old. He was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome at birth and died during surgery to repair a hole in his intestine. 

Sophie posted on Instagram, saying: ‘If we haven’t already been through hell and back here we are again, our beautiful darling rainbow boy has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

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‘I don’t understand how life can be so cruel and my baby has now got to go through this. 

Sophie Kitcher, 34, from Ware in Hertfordshire, found out that her son Ralphie has acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) this week

Sophie Kitcher, 34, from Ware in Hertfordshire, found out that her son Ralphie has acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) this week

The tragic news comes after her first-born Huxley died last July at just three days old

The tragic news comes after her first-born Huxley died last July at just three days old

‘Ralphie you are our purpose and the reason we are still both here today fighting for you with your brother looking over us.

‘Please everyone say your prayers for us, mummy and daddy are absolutely broken in pieces. How has this happened you are so perfect.’

Ralphie will have chemotherapy for the next five months at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London – where Sophie and her husband Luke visited last year for Huxley’s treatment. 

Ralphie was born on October 5 at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. 

His middle name is Leo, as Huxley was born under the Leo star sign and the name’s associations with lions – and being brave and strong – is also in memory of his brother. 

Ralphie will have chemotherapy for the next five months at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London

Ralphie will have chemotherapy for the next five months at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London

Posting on insta at the time, Ms Kitcher said: ‘I just know you are now here our baby boy to help heal Mummy and Daddys broken hearts, you really have made us smile again.

‘Here’s to this new chapter as a family, never ever lose that hope or give up on ur dreams, miracles really do happen.’ 

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AML is a rare type of cancer, with only around 3,100 people diagnosed with it each year in the UK, according to the NHS. 

Ralphie’s case is especially rare, as the risk of developing AML increases with age and is most common in those over 75. 

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