Leukaemia sufferer who wrote 'f*** cancer' on her bruised face dies aged 28

A leukaemia sufferer who wrote 'F**k cancer' on her face for inspirational selfie that went viral has died aged just 28.  

Kathryn Cartwright became an inspirational figure after her leukaemia diagnosis 13 years ago, aged 16. 

She was given just a 20 per cent chance of survival, but reached her birthday year after year, and was keen to reach 30. 

Ms Cartwright was considered to be in remission, but battled severe complications of leukaemia, including liver failure. 

She had a liver transplant in 2008 but had fought numerous infections since caused by a antibiotic-resistant superbug called Klebsiella.

Her family revealed she died of the 'insurmountable' liver infection on January 18 after being unwell for weeks. 

The young ambassador for the charity Anthony Nolan died peacefully in hospital, surrounded by her family.

Kathryn Cartwright became an inspirational figure since her leukaemia diagnosis 13 years ago, aged 16. She wrote 'F***k cancer' for a viral selfie in 2014 after falling from her wheelchair and bruising her face (pictured). She died on January 18, he family have announced

Kathryn Cartwright became an inspirational figure since her leukaemia diagnosis 13 years ago, aged 16. She wrote 'F***k cancer' for a viral selfie in 2014 after falling from her wheelchair and bruising her face (pictured). She died on January 18, he family have announced

Ms Cartwright's family revealed she had died of an 'insurmountable' liver infection caused by a superbug called Klebsiella. She had fought the bug before

Ms Cartwright's family revealed she had died of an 'insurmountable' liver infection caused by a superbug called Klebsiella. She had fought the bug before

Her death was announced in an update on her website, which read: 'As many of you will have realised, Kathryn has been unwell and in hospital for some weeks. 

'The infection in her liver returned and this time proved to be insurmountable. Kathryn died peacefully on Saturday 18 January with her family at her side.'

The statement was accompanied by a drawing of Ms Cartwright on the website she called 'In one of the stars I shall be living'.

Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan paid tribute to her, calling Ms Cartwright an 'incredible woman who worked tirelessly to support people with blood cancer'.

Chief executive Henny Braund said: 'Many of us will remember fondly Kathryn’s strong and positive attitude coupled with a dry sense of humour; a remarkable individual who shared her own story to inspire others.'

Ms Cartwright, from Sutton, Coldfield, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukaemia (AML) in August 2007. 

Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells that protect the body against infections. AML is a very aggressive form of the disease because it attacks the body's defence. 

AML affects around one in 200 men and one in 255 women in the UK at some point in their lives. In the US, of all 61,780 new cases of leukaemia every year, about 21,450 will be AML, mostly in adults. 

The disease left Ms Cartwright weak and reliant on a wheelchair at times, but it didn't stop her from living a life she wanted.

Seven years after her diagnosis, Ms Cartwright posted a shocking selfie of her bruised face after falling out her wheelchair.

She had written 'F*** cancer' under her blackened and bloodshot eye, an image that inspired thousands in 2014.

In 2018, Ms Cartwright celebrated 10 years sine her diagnosis. Once a person has stayed alive for five years after cancer, they are considered to be in remission, she wrote in an article for Anthony Nolan.

Ms Cartwright had undergone three bone marrow transplants - the last of which left her fighting for her life.

Seven years after her diagnosis, Ms Cartwright posted a shocking selfie of her bruised face after falling out her wheelchair. She is pictured at her home in Sutton, Coldfield

Seven years after her diagnosis, Ms Cartwright posted a shocking selfie of her bruised face after falling out her wheelchair. She is pictured at her home in Sutton, Coldfield

Her death was announced in an update on her website accompanied by a drawing of Ms Cartwright on the website she called 'In one of the stars I shall be living'

Her death was announced in an update on her website accompanied by a drawing of Ms Cartwright on the website she called 'In one of the stars I shall be living'

WHAT IS ACUTE MYELOID LEUKAEMIA?

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a type of blood cancer that starts in young white blood cells in the bone marrow.

AML affects around one in 200 men and one in 255 women in the UK at some point in their lives.

Approximately 19,500 new cases occur every year in the US. 

It is most often diagnosed in older people.

Symptoms can include:

Fatigue Fever Frequent infections Bruising or bleeding easily, including nosebleeds

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