Catastrophe’s Rob Delaney pays tribute to NHS after death of his young son

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Rob Delaney has emotionally thanked the NHS for helping him and his family through the death of his two-year-old son, Henry.

Rob Delaney, who is best known for starring in Channel 4’s Catastrophe, has confirmed that his son, Henry, has died after spending half his life battling a cancerous brain tumour.

“I will endeavour not to go mad with grief,” he wrote on Facebook, adding: “We had so many wonderful adventures together.”

The actor went on to reveal that Henry’s brain tumour was diagnosed in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following “persistent vomiting and weight loss”.

After he was admitted to an NHS hospital, Delaney’s son had “surgery to remove the tumour and further treatment through the early part of 2017”.

Tragically, though, the cancer returned last autumn and Henry passed away in January.

“His tumour and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum,” noted Delaney.

“His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound.”

I have very sad news. My two and a half year year old son Henry has passed away. Henry had been diagnosed with a brain...

Posted by Rob Delaney on Friday, February 9, 2018

In his post, Delaney went on to praise the “NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry’s illness”, insisting that they “will be my heroes until the day I die”.

He added: “If you’d like to help other families in the UK with very sick children, please make a donation to Rainbow Trust or Noah’s Ark in Henry’s name or in the name of someone you love. Our family would be in much worse shape right now if it weren’t for them. 

“I would also urge you to take concrete and sustained action to support the NHS, however you can. Do not take it for granted.”

Delaney concluded his post by asking his fans and members of the media to “respect my family’s privacy regarding this matter,” as he has “nothing else to say that I haven’t said here”.

He also emotionally thanked “beautiful Henry” for “spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much.”

Images: Rex Features


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