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Stephen Sutton Now 'Too Sick To Communicate'
Terminally ill teenager Stephen Sutton, who raised more than £3m for charity after his story was publicised, has been left unable to communicate as his condition worsens.
His family have left a message on his Facebook page saying that because tumours have regrown in his airwaves, the 19-year-old is now too sick to continue posting messages.
The message also called for privacy so his family can focus on the remaining time he has with them.
The statement said: "Unfortunately in the last 24 hours Stephen's condition has deteriorated to where he can no longer communicate through this page himself.
"Unfortunately the breathlessness which had him re-admitted to hospital is due to the regrowth of tumours which are blocking his airways, and not just due to infection as we had all been hoping.
"He is currently comfortable and stable, and we will let you know of any further developments.
"Right now however, as a family, we wish for a certain amount of privacy for us to spend what time he has remaining with him.
"We appreciate everyone's concern, and for all the love and goodwill sent his way, and indeed ours too, we thank you deeply x."
He was readmitted to hospital on Monday after having previously been discharged when it appeared he had made a "miraculous recovery" by coughing up a tumour.
At the time he revealed that he was suffering from breathlessness and said doctors thought there was something blocking his airway.
He wrote on Facebook: "The doctors think there may be something restricting my airway again, they're not sure exactly what yet though (tumour regrowth, infection, inflammation, are all potential reasons mentioned), but are currently discussing the possibilities and my scan results to decide what to do next."
Mr Sutton, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer when he was 15.
Despite treatment the tumours spread, with doctors telling him the disease was terminal in 2012.
Hundreds of thousands of people have supported his fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust since he posted a picture of himself in hospital in April with a goodbye message as he thought he was nearing death.
Among them was Prime Minister David Cameron.
The amount raised totals £3.24m to date.