Lyra Cole was misdiagnosed with a virus by doctors and had surgery at five months old to remove a tumour the ‘size of an orange’
A six-year-old girl who survived a brain tumour the ‘size of an orange’ has beaten Stormzy to the top spot in the Amazon download chart.
Lyra Cole, from Highbridge in Somerset, covered the Christmas classic When A Child is Born, performed by Johnny Mathis in 1976, for Brain Tumour Research.
She chose to raise money ‘creatively’ with her aunt Jessie Hawkins on behalf of the charity which helped her when she had emergency surgery at five months old.
The song was originally written by Fred Jay for Boney M and was recently covered by Cliff Richard, whose version is inspired Lyra.
Jessie said her niece wanted to do something for YouTube so they picked a song.
She told the Daily Record: ‘We chose the track When A Child is Born because I think it will really resonate with people and I hope that when they listen and see the video they will think about everything Lyra has been through and make a donation to give hope to families who, like us, know the devastation caused by a brain tumour.’
The little girl (pictured left) has beaten grime artist Stormzy (pictured right) to the top spot of the Amazon download chart with her version of Christmas classic When A Child is Born to raise money for the charity which helped her. Lyra’s aunt Jessie Hawkins said they picked the song because ‘it will really resonate with people’
Things took off from there and they visited London to record the video.
Jessie said: ‘We’ve always said from the beginning that we wanted to give something back…’
And now the rendition of Fred Jay’s song has been ranked number one while Stormzy’s single Own It is number five.
Lyra’s mother, Ellie, said her daughter’s tumour, which was a low grade choroid plexus papilloma, had grown to the size of an orange before it was removed in an 11 hour operation.
Ellie added: ‘She got really poorly. I kept taking her to the doctors and they kept saying it was a virus.’
Lyra (pictured with her mother Ellie and father Dan Cole) ‘got really poorly’ and the doctors ‘kept saying it was a virus’, according to her mother. The little girl has been singing, acting and performing for the last two years and her single was recorded in a London studio
Lyra has been singing, acting and performing for the last two years with a local drama group.
When A Child is Born reached number one in the UK pop charts in 1976 in a version performed by Johnny Mathis.
Listen to Lyra’s Christmas single here: www.braintumourresearch.org/lyra-cole