A nine-year-old boy battled terminal cancer long enough to meet and name his newborn baby sister. As he neared the end, the little boy told his devastated parents: “You can only cry for twenty minutes.”
The brave boy, Bailey Cooper, managed to battle the horrific disease for 15 months. He was determined to hold on long enough to meet his new sibling who was due.
His mom, 28-year-old Rachel, gave birth to the baby girl in November and Bailey named her Millie. The day before he passed away, Bailey was pictured cradling his precious baby sister in his arms.
You can clearly see the love of a proud big brother written all over his face.
Tragically, Bailey died on Christmas Eve. His mom and dad, 30-year-old Lee, said that their brave boy smiled all the way through his treatment.
“We didn’t think he would last that long, but he was determined to meet Millie. It got to the end of November and Millie was born. He hugged her and did everything an older brother would do – change her, wash her, sing to her,” Rachel said.
Bailey’s dad, Lee, added: “Doctors said he was going to go before Millie was born. He didn’t. He fought and on the way to hospital, he said we should call her Millie.”
“But the moment after he met her, he began to taper off quickly. He was slipping away.”
On his deathbed, little Bailey Cooper said that he wanted to stay but told his devastated family, “it’s my time to go, to become her guardian angel.”
The family made the devastating realization that Bailey was unlikely to survive long enough to celebrate Christmas with them, but still encouraged him to write a list of gifts he would like.
Rachel said: “He knew he was not going to be here for Christmas, but we tried to get him to put together a Christmas list. He said he didn’t want to, but we encouraged him to.”
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