The family of a dying four-month-old baby boy have shared a heart-wrenching photograph of him being cradled by his big brother who told him: “I’m here, everything is ok.”
Little Thomas Blanksby has been diagnosed with cancer and doctors have told his devastated parents, Jon and Sheryl, there is nothing more they can do for their son.
Despite being shattered by the news, the family are now on a mission to make the most of the precious time they have left with Thomas.
And one of the memories they will cherish forever is when mum Sheryl tiptoed into the lounge with her camera ready to catch Thomas and his three-year-old big brother William being naughty.
But instead of finding them up to no good, the Australian blogger’s heart swelled with pride when she saw them lying side-by-side on the sofa comforting each other.
William was gently resting his hand on his baby brother’s cheek in an adorable act of love and whispered: “Big brother is here, everything is ok.”
The picture is leaving many people in tears and the snap is among dozens of others Sheryl has been sharing online of Thomas.
Writing on her blog, she said: “I can’t even begin to describe the pain I feel each time I look at his precious face.
“My heart breaks for every big smile he gives me because I know how much I will miss it when it’s all gone, and when you think my heart can’t take it anymore, it shatters even more when he gives his begging look when he’s in pain.”
She added: “I wake up wishing it’s all just a bad dream and then I look at Thomas and I know it’s all real. I start to cry.
“I go to bed scared and I beg for the night NOT to be our last.”
Sheryl has also spoken emotionally of the miscarriage she had before ‘rainbow baby’ Thomas was born.
And the family has been inundated with messages, prayers, positive vibes, thoughts and generosity from around the world since Thomas’s diagnosis.
He was born in November with a skin lesion on his right arm that looked like a birthmark. But other than that he was a normal, happy newborn.
However when he turned six-weeks-old, a doctor found a lump in his abdomen, which was later revealed to be a large tumour over his kidney.
Doctors removed the kidney but the malignant rhabdoid tumour remained. The rare and aggressive form of cancer most commonly occurs in infants and toddlers, with only around 25 cases every year diagnosed in the US.
Sheryl and Jon have told Thomas’s brother William that his new sibling has an ‘ouchie’ that doctors are trying to help.
And their friends are doing all they can to ease the financial burden of hospital bills by setting up an online fundraising page to pay for memory making trips.
This week the family went on a trip to the gold coast and Thomas went on his first theme park ride.
They are also planning to use the funds, which currently stands at $21,000 (£17,000), to pay for lots of other memory making experiences, such as fingerprint jewellery and moulds for them to remember Thomas and always keep him close.
Sheryl added: “Our Thomas is still here with us and that’s what really matters. Each day is embraced and each week is celebrated.
“Watching my two sons together is a dream come true.”
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