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Stephen Sutton: Cancer fundraiser hits back at 'trolls'

Stephen Sutton Image copyright Stephen Sutton
Image caption Stephen Sutton has raised more than £3m for the Teenage Cancer Trust

A terminally-ill teenager who has raised more than £3m for charity has rubbished claims he "duped" supporters.

Stephen Sutton, 19, was discharged from hospital on Friday after he made a recovery from a collapsed lung.

But some social media users accused him of misleading people as to the seriousness of his condition in order to raise more money.

He posted a rebuttal tweet and branded the senders "trolls".

'Still incurable'

Stephen, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15, posted what he thought would be his last self-portrait on 22 April.

He has since raised almost £3.1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust and been allowed to return to his home in Burntwood.

A Twitter user, whose account has since been deleted, said people had felt misled by his sudden "recovery".

Stephen responded: "Sorry to disappoint you! I still have my cancer and it's still incurable, if that makes you feel less 'duped'."

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Image caption Stephen led a world record-breaking gathering on Sunday

In a follow-up tweet posted on Monday, he called on his supporters not "to get too riled" by "trolls and cynics".

He has vowed to continue fundraising and complete tasks on a 'bucket list' of things to do before he dies.

On Sunday he got into the Guinness Book of World Records by getting the most people to make a heart-shaped gesture with their hands.

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