Pride of Wearside Child of Courage nominee seriously ill

Bradley Lowery.

Bradley Lowery.

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THOUSANDS of well-wishers have rallied around a two-year-old cancer sufferer after his condition deteriorated.

Little Bradley Lowery, who has touched the hearts of thousands of people across Sunderland and East Durham, is in intensive care after taking a turn for the worse.

Overnight, more than 6,000 people “liked” the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma Facebook page, taking its total to more than 15,000 likes, after his mum Gemma asked for people to pray for him.

The Blackhall youngster, battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, has been receiving high-dose chemotherapy at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary since last month.

But on Thursday he was transferred to intensive care after his breathing deteriorated, and medics suspect he may have pneumonia.

Distraught Gemma, 30, has been keeping supporters updated on Bradley’s condition via Facebook and twitter.

Last weekend, Bradley failed to improve after his liver enlarged and affected his major organs, causing breathing problems.

Yesterday morning, Gemma, married to self-employed builder Carl, also 30, said Bradley, who has been nominated for a Pride of Wearside award, had a better night than doctors expected and was stabilised.

But Gemma, who works in Easington Colliery. added: “He is still critical and can go downhill at any time.”