Demi Wright: 22 year old dies of cancer after medics thought she was pregnant

Tests suggested pains suffered by "bubbly, positive and cheerful" make-up artist were caused by pregnancy, but her condition worsened

A 22-year-old make-up artist died from cancer after doctors initially thought a pain in her side was caused by pregnancy.

Demi Wright passed away three weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, after her condition worsened and a 12cm tumour was found in her body.

She went to hospital in November complaining of pains in her side. Tests detected high levels of a hormone associated with pregnancy and she was sent to a maternity ward.

But when her condition deteriorated, she was moved to Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, where she was diagnosed with cancer.

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Demi, a performing arts graduate from Colchester in Essex, died three weeks later, on 23 February.

Her parents – father Chris, an army captain and mother Roz – said they had been overwhelmed the number of condolences sent to them about their "bubbly, positive and cheerful" daughter.

Mr Wright told the Colchester Gazette: "She didn't have a bad bone in her body. She had an infectious, beautiful smile and it showed her personality off.

"It's been devastating.”

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"When we found out it was terminal, she lifted herself up, she patted the bed and said, 'dad, come and sit here'.

"She gave me a big hug and said, 'it's going to be okay'.

"The next day, she passed away."

Mitch Gregory, Demi’s boyfriend, told the paper: “We feel robbed. It needs to be stressed how much courage she had. She’s our inspiration now.”

Her family have raised more than £2,300 in her memory for Cancer Research UK, and her cousin Zoe Gilchrist will run the Race for Life in Castle Park on 10 July.

To donate, go to justgiving.com/zoegilchrist0.

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