Boy, 6, loses cancer battle

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A SIX-YEAR-OLD Devon boy whose mother pleaded for him to be spared painful cancer treatment has died.

Angela Stoneman, 32, begged doctors to let her son, Daniel, die in peace after years of operations and painful treatment.

'Daniel tells me he wants to die because he just doesn't want to go through it all the time,' she said in May last year while fighting to stop doctors giving radiotherapy for a brain tumour.

He continued to receive treatment under a compromise and it appeared he had won his battle. Five months ago he started at school. But Daniel, of Torquay, Devon, died last Friday in an Exeter hospital with his mother at his bedside.

The mother-of-six said: 'He just deteriorated rapidly. It was just a case of keeping him comfortable and easing the pain.'

She added: 'No one will know how brave Daniel has been.'