Bailey Cooper was leading a normal life until the moment doctors diagnosed him with stage 3 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2016.
Even though he had to go through visits to the doctor and chemotherapy treatments, he remained calm and cheerful.
The cancer was facilitated in February 2017 and the little 9-year-old went back to school and it seemed like things were going back to normal.
But during Easter break, the family received a call saying that the cancer was back.
Bailey fought courageously yet again and cancer went into remission and they thought & hoped it was for good this time.
But in August they received devastating news: the cancer was back again and even more harsh.
Bailey’s father, Lee said:” The consultant broke the news to us. It was late stage Four, and it was even worse.
It had spread rapidly. The doctors discovered lumps in his chest, liver, stomach, and lungs. They said he had days or maybe weeks to live.
Bailey was beyond devastated when he was given the news, but he was determined as well to live and meet his baby sister, who was due some months later. The family had hoped he would be able to make it that long.
Surprisingly, he made it see his little sister in November and he even chose her name: Millie.
Bailey`s mother, Rachel, said: “ He hugged her and did everything an older brother would do – wash her, change her, sing to her. “
Unfortunately, his body started growing weaker with the passing of the days after Millie was born.
The family hoped he would make it to Christmas and asked him to make a list of the gifts he wanted. Little Bailey asked for gifts he knew his little brother, Riley, would make use of later on.
When his grandparents came to visit for Christmas, Bailey`s grandmother cried and wished she could be in his place and the little boy said to her :
“ That is really selfish Nan. You have grandchildren to take care of.”
Afterwards, cancer reached Bailey`s brain. After a hard five days of radiotherapy, the brave little boy said to his family that it was his time to leave.
Speaking of his little sister he said: “ I want to stay but it is my time to go, to become her guardian angel.”
He became unresponsive as cancer took over his body on December 22.
Rachel recalled:” We sat there hour by hour, watching him slip away. We read him stories and listened to his favorite music.
“By 11:45 a.m. on Christmas Eve, we were by his bedside. We knew it was not going to belong. We told him “ It`s time to go Bailey. Stop.”
Bailey took his final breath and while a tear slipped out of his eye he passed away.
His leave was devastating to the whole family, ut what comforted them was the fact that he was at peace.
Lee said: “We are numb, but in a way also happy he is no longer in pain.”
They are now determined to fulfill his wishes, who despite his young age was very clever.
Rachel said: “ He told us in our last family gathering: ‘ You are allowed to cry for 20 minutes. You have to take care of Riley and Millie.
Bailey`s story is truly inspirational even though it is heartbreaking as well.
He faced pain with such bravery that it keeps inspiring people around the world.
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