Tragic teen, 15, given five years to live after rare terminal cancer diagnosis

A teenage girl has bee told she has as little as five years to live after a heartbreaking terminal cancer diagnosis.

Ayla Halewood, 15, has a rare form of bone cancer in her right knee and had most of the leg amputated to try and rid her body of the disease.

Two months on from the diagnosis doctors discovered it had spread to her lungs and she was considered terminal, Wales Live reports.

Stepmother Sarah Hilary-Jones, from Pontardawe, near Swansea, said the family is amazed by the schoolgirl's strength.

She said: "We are now trying to live every moment as if it's our last.

"He behaviour throughout all of this has been incredibly inspirational to me and the rest of the family. She has faced each step of the journey with such grace and fortitude."

Ayla first started complaining about pain in her right knee in April but the family initially put it down to growing pains

Following a consultation with their GP, she was referred for a scan before being transferred to the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales in Cardiff for specialist care.

The family were told about Ayla's devastating condition.

Sarah said: "It was like the floor went from beneath our feet. It was so shocking that you can't really believe or digest what you're being told.

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"Everyone just went silent and didn't know what to say. Ayla had never had anything wrong with her before."

The tragic teenager was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer which affects just 150 people a year.

She began chemotherapy to fight the deadly disease, but it failed to shrink the tumour and in September she was forced to go under the knife for a right leg amputation above the right knee.

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Sarah said the devastating diagnosis has had a positive impact on Ayla's character.

She said: "Before all of this she would admit that she wasn't very confident, was quite shy, and got embarrassed about things.

"But now she's raring to go and wants to attack life and enjoy and experience everything she can."

The family has now set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to make Ayla's last few years memorable. They also want her to get a "micro-processor" prosthetic leg which works on all terrains. To donate please go here.

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