This Morning viewers have blasted Eamonn Holmes for a making a bizarrely insensitive comment during an interview with a toddler battling a rare cancer.
Dawson Willcock was 15-months-old when he diagnosed with a liver cancer called heptoblastoma – the same disease Michael Buble’s young son had – and his parents appeared on the show to reveal how they’re ‘running out of time’ to raise funds for the 22-month-old can be treated by a doctor in America.
The hosts wished the family from Nottinghamshire luck with their fundraising, but viewers startled when Eamonn made another remark about the toddler’s appearance as he wrapped up the interview.
‘Good luck Dawson, come back and see us when you have your hair back, and you’re all better and well and lovely,’ he said.
Dawson’s mother Wendy looked perplexed by the comment, while viewers quickly took to Twitter to share their disgust, branding Eamonn’s statement ‘offensive’.
Eamonn wished Dawson Willcock and his family luck with his recovery and added he should come back on the show ‘when your hair has grown back and your better’
Some viewers took offence to the remark, believing that it was an insensitive and ‘rude’ thing to say.
One even described the host as ‘vile’ for making such a remark to a child with cancer, while another angry This Morning fan questioned how he still has a job.
Dawson, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, has undergone several chemotherapy drugs, all of which have failed to help.
His family launched the #adollarfordawson campaign on JustGiving and are hoping to raise £500,000 to send Dawson to America for specialist treatment.
So far the total on their page currently stands at £129,870, with over 9,000 supporters so far donating.
‘It’s horrible having a price on your child’s life. But we can’t do it on our own,’ Wendy explained of their appeal to raise more funds.
‘There is nothing more that can be done for Dawson, our oncologist at Queens [hospital in London] is looking for other solutions.’
People quickly took to social media asking ‘who would say such a thing’ to a young child with cancer
Dawson’s parents Wendy and David spoke about their fundraising campaign called #aDollarforDawson
The parents, who also have two other children, want to take the risk with the treatment in the US to help cure Dawson, who has become resistant to chemotherapy.
Cincinnati-based Dr Gellar, is yet to confirm whether he can treat Dawson but Wendy and David have a Skype consultation arranged in two weeks time and the family need to be ready to go if they’re given the go-ahead:
‘Yes, we’re running out of time,’ Wendy said. ‘We launched a dollar for Dawson, and had the idea that if we could reach 500,000 and ask for £1 each.’