Sheffield two-year-old applauded by Sheffield Wednesday fans tragically loses fight with illness

Little Olivia Waldron during her hospital treatment.
Little Olivia Waldron during her hospital treatment.
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A little Sheffield girl who was applauded by football fans in her fight against a rare immune condition has tragically died.

Little Olivia Waldron, aged two, had been seriously ill with a condition which involves the immune system attacking vital organs.

She had undergone open heart surgery and had to be go to Leeds Children’s Hospital for treatment when she became ‘seriously ill’.

Last month, Sheffield Wednesday fans clapped during the team’s home game against Reading at Hillsborough in support of Olivia.

The minute of applause during the 23rd minute of the first half after a campaign featured in The Star swept the internet and was shared and seen by thousands of people.

Her family announced that Olivia has now tragically died after ‘hear little heart couldn’t take any more’.

Mum Kayley Waldron said: “Sadly Olivia passed away last night just aged two, her little heart couldn’t take anymore. Just wanted to thank everyone for their support.”

Granddad Martin Brownhill added: “I’m Olivia’s grandad. We miss her so much. She was only here for a short time but has left footprints on our hearts.

“We are all devastated but we would like thank both sets of Sheffield fans for the support they have given us.”

Dad Jamie Waldron added: “I would like to thank everyone for the kind words and messages, it means so much to me and all Livvy’s family, love you so much princess, night night god bless and see you soon, sleep tight.”

People who had shared the appeal also paid tribute.

Emma Harrison said: “Very sorry to hear of your loss. The people of Sheffield always pull together at times when they’re needed most.

“She’ll forever look over you all and be grateful that you were her family and her memory will live on through you all.”