Parents tell of grief for Charli

Charli Ozoux gets a break from her stay at hospital with a visit to Australia Zoo with her parents Stephen and Katie.
Charli Ozoux gets a break from her stay at hospital with a visit to Australia Zoo with her parents Stephen and Katie. Nicholas Falconer

SHE was smiling right up until the end.

Charli Anne Ozoux, the adorable three-year-old who touched the hearts of the Sunshine Coast with her brave and loving attitude to life, died last Wednesday.

Stephen and Katie Ozoux have requested privacy as the family deal with the loss of "our little girl".

They have shared their grief in the hope that the many people moved by Charli's story would now understand their request to be left alone.

"People have done more than enough," Mr Ozoux said.

Charli was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive and inoperable brain tumour in April.

Mr Ozoux said he met many people in a similar situation while Charli was at the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital.

And while these people still have hope, he wants to help them.

"It's a dark existence to be in," he said.

"It's not just your child that you see, you see other children going through the same thing. Ronald McDonald House was fabulous and the Red Kite organisation. They need all the help they can get."

Mr Ozoux said the family celebrated Charli's third birthday on September 6, the day before she died.

"We had a little party in her room with her," he said.

Throughout the difficult and sometimes painful treatment, Charli never lost her beautiful smile.

"The smile, she had that smile right up till she passed away. She was kept comfortable and she was always smiling, it never stopped."

Charli was always ready to help other children, even though she had only just turned three.

"Charli, as young as she was, she was always a mother to the other kids," Mr Ozoux said. "She'd go up and give them cuddles and talk to them. She also looked after her little brother Lukas (aged one). While she was here, she was always happy, she touched so many people."

Charli's funeral will be held tomorrow.

The Ozouxs have requested the attendance of family and friends only.



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