Sister soothes ill little brother battling leukemia in heartbreaking photo
A mother has shared a heart-rendering photograph of her daughter comforting her ill little brother.
Back in August of last year, little Beckett Burge was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. That is a kind of blood cancer which marks its begin in young white cells, located in the bone marrow. Sadly, the little man was only two years old when the family had to learn the devastating news.
Ever since Beckett has been in and out of the hospital, sometimes spending lengthy amounts of time there. He had to go through chemotherapy, blood transfusions, as well as platelet transfusions, however, through all of this he has always had the unconditional love and care of his sister Aubrey, who is only 14 months older.
Despite her young age, the little girl has shown herself to be a very mature and deeply caring big sister. As stated by their mom Kaitlin Burge, 28, the siblings have grown to have an ‘incredible bond’, as Aubrey sees her brother as her best friend.
Moreover, Kaitlin has expressed how Aubrey would prefer to stay at home and watch over her brother rather than to play with her friends outside.
Earlier this year, in January, Kaitlin took a very emotional photograph of her children. Namely, one of Aubrey taking care of her baby brother as he leans sick over the toilet. The sweet little girl is seen rubbing his back in comfort while offering assistance and encouragement.
Afterward, the girl reportedly went to the sink to wash her hands in order to take her brother to the couch. She then has expressed her willingness to help with cleaning the bathroom.
Kaitlin thought it was worthwhile to share the very powerful and touching photograph, as it emphasizes the great significance of family support during such hard times.
When asked to recall the moment in which the picture was taken, the mother said:
“She didn’t know what was happening, but she knew from experience that when she was sick, we would rub her back and help her through it. She just picked up from experience and took over. She’d rub his back and tell him it was going to be okay, clean his face up and wash his hands for him.”
She also added that:
“Right after that happened, she also carried him back to the living room and put him on the couch. She asked me she could clean up the bathroom too, but I told her to go and sit down because that wasn’t her job. She takes it upon herself to help and make sure everything he comes into contact with is clean. She’s another set of eyes.”
When speaking of her children’s loving bond, the mom of three also commented on the following:
“When I see them together, it makes me happy but at the same time it makes me sad. They have an incredible bond. To this day, they are closer, she always takes care of him. A child that’s four or five years old should be outside playing with their friends. She loves gymnastics and we had to put a stop to that because of the financial burden, it got too expensive with his situation.”
The mother also went further in saying:
“She should be out doing gymnastics, running around the neighbourhood with the kids, playing in the playground, swimming in the pool – but here she is taking care of her brother. They’re very close – they always played together. He’d play dolls with her and she’d play superheroes with him. We encourage her to go outside and do things, but she’d rather have her eyes on him.”
After a long period of time (over a month) in the hospital, Beckett came home just in time for Aubrey’s fifth birthday.
However, Beckett’s changed appearance has led Aubrey to ask a variety of questions, as she was becoming concerned with the condition of her once very lively little brother.
“She’s watched a dozen doctors throw a mask over his face, poke and prod him with needles, pump a dozen medications through his body, all while he laid there helplessly. She wasn’t sure what was happening, all she knew was that something was wrong with her brother, her best friend.”
“We explain that he got really sick, this is what happened, it was nothing he ate or did, nothing she did, it can’t be prevented and it’s not going to happen to her. We explained everything to her and got our social worker involved. We’ve been very open with her so any questions that she ever has we talk through it with her, we explain it with Beckett in the room as well. He’ll tell people ‘I have cancer’, he knows what he has. We make sure she’s very supportive and knows it doesn’t make him any different.”
It is approximated that little Beckett, who is now four years old, will have two more years of chemotherapy ahead of him. However, he will always have his very thoughtful, sweet sister by his side at all times.