An 11-year-old boy’s heartbreaking letter to Santa has gone viral, reminding everyone that Christmas is about so much more than gifts and food.
Billy Caldwell, from the UK, has a life-threatening form of epilepsy, and suffers seizures that cannot be treated by medication.
Billy and his family are currently in Los Angeles, US, waiting to find out if Billy will be able to receive specialist surgery to treat his condition.
9 years ago, Billy’s family were told by a UK hospital that Billy was unlikely to survive much longer, having exhausted all treatment options.
Billy wrote his letter to Santa and, after his mom shared it online, it quickly went viral for it’s simple, heartbreaking message. Instead of asking for toys, Billy was simply asking to stay alive.
“Dear Santa… I am not at home. I am sick. I am in Los Angeles. Can you come here Santa? I would like you to take my seizures away,” he wrote.
“Santa, I don’t want to go and live with the angels yet. I want to stay here with my mummy and big bro,” ended the gut-wrenching letter.
Billy’s mom, Charlotte, discovered a “miracle” treatment online and brought Billy over to LA when doctors approved him for surgery.
“We had hoped that Billy would have the surgery and it would not be too invasive,” said Charlotte, “But it now looks like the surgery to save his life will leave him with speech and memory loss.”
“It is exhausting and frightening and Billy knows he is in trouble even though everyone around him is so upbeat.”
Billy may only be 11 years old, but we could all learn something about the true spirit of Christmas from this brave little boy.
You can keep up with Billy and donate to his family on Facebook.