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Scottish cancer girl Olivia Downie dies after return from Mexico

Olivia Downie
Image caption Olivia Downie was diagnosed with neuroblastoma three years ago

A seven-year-old Fraserburgh girl with terminal cancer, flown back to Scotland from Mexico after more than £150,000 was raised, has died.

Olivia Downie and her family flew out earlier this month to get treatment for neuroblastoma, which she was diagnosed with three years ago.

She flew back to Aberdeen on Wednesday.

The family said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce that our darling daughter Olivia slipped away peacefully."

Olivia's parents, Lauren and Steven Downie, and family said she died on Friday morning after a "long and courageous battle".

They said: "We are so thankful that, thanks to the generosity of so many people, we have been able to take her home to Scotland so she could have her family by her side.

"Words cannot express how grateful we are that this final journey was made possible.

Image caption The plane touched down in Aberdeen on Wednesday afternoon

"We would like to extend our gratitude to the medical and nursing teams both at NHS Grampian and overseas who have also been part of our lives for so long.

They added: "We were blessed to have had Olivia in our lives and her cheeky smile that shone like a star will be with us forever."

They also appealed for privacy "at such a devastating time in all our lives".

When the treatment in Mexico failed, Olivia was flown back by Air Ambulance Worldwide.

The charity Families Against Neuroblastoma has been helping the family.

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