Six-year-old girl loses cancer battle

Louise with her mum Michelle
Louise with her mum Michelle

A beautiful little girl has lost her two year battle with cancer aged six.

Louise Mellor fought the disease with a smile on her face and touched the hearts of those she came across.

Mum Michelle Fogg, 28, of Sowerby Bridge, talked with loving pride of her little girl who passed away last Friday.

Her last days were spent at her father’s home in Manchester where Michelle and her ex James Mellor made them as special as possible.

Louise was never going to make Christmas so she was treated to early presents including a doll’s house.

The night before she died she told her mum: “Don’t worry mum, I’m going to get better.”

Michelle moved into Calderdale in 2010 with Louise and her elder daughter Millie Anne, aged 11. She and her partner Phil Rigby, have since had a son, Owen, 11 months.

Louise attended New Road Primary School but had lengthy spells off due to illness.

Michelle said Louise started feeling unwell in the summer of 2010 and it was first thought she had a temporary blockage in her bowel.

In fact, it was the start of an aggressive tumour which ravaged her little body and several bouts of extensive treatment and surgery followed.

Hope came in August 2011 when she was given the all-clear but a routine scan in October 2011 revealed the cancer was back and the family was told 2011 was likely to be her last Christmas.

Major heart surgery followed on her sixth birthday in March 2012 along with a bone marrow transplant and further chemotherapy.

The all-clear was given again in July this year but Louise relapsed again in October.

“Because she had relapsed twice we were told she had months to live rather than years,” said Michelle.

A further hospital stay followed and at the beginning of last month doctors gave Louise a week to live.

“Twelve hours later she deteriorated but then had a big energy spurt and played with her dolls and toys and we had a week of that,” said Michelle.

“Then, she went back down again.”

Louise, who had been given constant pain relief, passed away peacefully.

“She was such a happy, little girl who was always smiling despite all the treatment,” said Michelle.

“Sometimes she was really hurting and upset but she would smile and tell me now to worry. She was a little girl who touched people’s hearts.”


Donations are being collected towards a remembrance garden at New Road Primary School where some of Louise’s ashes will be scattered.

New Road Primary headteacher Helen Cooper said Louise was a bright little girl.

“She was doing really well and was a bright pupil with a sweet nature and a lot of friends in school and will be missed by her classmates who we have spoken to,” she said.

Michelle can be contacted at