After bravely battling cancer for the past six months, Philz Viville has passed away.
A relative told DNO that he passed at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday afternoon.
He was six years old.
He passed away the same day he celebrated his birthday.
Philz, from the Kalinago Territory, was originally diagnosed with an enlarged and growing brain tumor.
The tumor was then diagnosed as cancerous.
Surgery was done in France to remove the tumor and he was reportedly doing fine.
However, it appeared that the cancer had spread.
Below is a statement released by his family..
Six months ago ‘Our Champion Boy’ Philz Viville was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor which took him on a tremendous journey of strength, courage, perseverance and determination. It also took him on a road trip on January 14th 2015 to Martinique then on to France and months after back to Martinique then home to Dominica on July the 10thwhen medically much could no longer be done. On this life journey many relationships were fostered, strengthen, and healed.
Philz battle with cancer was short but incredible, after undergoing surgery after surgery, seven in total, and his spirit was never dampened.
He showed courage and maintained a close relationship with God. There was never a dull moment in his presence and an infectious smile which touched at the heart.
It is with great loss that his family wishes to make known to the Dominica public the death of their beloved son, on Sunday the 19th of July at about 2pm, after having reached the milestone of six wonderful years, as family and friends gather to celebrate his achievement
His parents Philmon and Maureen Viville wishes to thank all who helped in one way or another to make Philz journey what it was. He was thankful for the wonderful support that he received and showed it in his fight for life.
The Government and people of Dominica, the nurses and doctors of the Princess Margaret Hospital Children’s ward, Doctor Ronda MacIntre and the Children Heart Foundation, the nurses and doctors in Martinique and France. The Salybia Primary School and the Castle Bruce secondary school. The Seventh day Adventist churches both here and the French Isles. The National Youth Council and the many other youth groups, the go- fund me-hope for philz by Gillen William, and to all the persons who wishes to remain anonymous.
Be it cash, a prayer, a visit, a call or just a thought we are so grateful and appreciative. Philz did fight a good fight and has gone to rest, let us not mourn like those with no hope but let’s continue to love and support each other.
AGAIN ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILY HEARTFUL THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS US AS A NATION AND INDIVIDUALLY.
According to Philz ‘be strong be brave’.