Brother’s three-year-old sister gave him the fortitude to fight cancer.
Franco Anderton’s parents were saddened when he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of three. They hadn’t factored in Franco’s tremendous affection for his impending baby sister, however.
Jamealla, who was 16 weeks pregnant at the time, told him he was having a new baby sister on the day he was diagnosed. He would cuddle his mother’s bump every day, and he named his sister Minnie. It also provided him the strength to get through the arduous chemotherapy treatment.
Franco, now seven, battled cancer and was able to ring his “end of treatment” cancer bell at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in March this year.
“He was so delighted when he found out he was receiving a baby sister, he couldn’t wait to see her,” Jamealla, 29, from Bolton, said. It kept him going and provided him something else to think about throughout the ordeal.
“He was waiting at the window when we took Minnie home.” He flashed the largest smile we’d ever seen on his face.
“From the day she arrived, he lavished attention on her and has spent every moment he can with her. He had a motive to keep going because of her.” After developing bruising, Franco was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January 2018.
“He hadn’t been himself in a couple of weeks,” Jamealla explained. He was easily bruised, and he’d also had a nosebleed.
“I thought he appeared yellow when I put him in the water with Hugo, his sibling.”
“Because he was starting school in a few weeks, I took him to the doctor to have the bruises examined. I didn’t believe he was himself, but I didn’t think it was anything as bad as cancer.” Doctors delivered the awful news after conducting testing. “We were horrified,” Jamealla, who lives with her husband Ross, said. We had no idea what was about to unfold. They informed us that he was in such bad shape that he needed to begin therapy right soon.” Franco underwent six months of severe chemotherapy, which had a negative impact on his health.
“He was unwell and fatigued, and he’d lost all his hair,” Jamealla explained. But the notion of Minnie was the only thing that kept him going.
Every day, he’d kiss my bump and tell me. “Brinkwire News Summary.”