When Bailey Cooper had just relapsed from cancer for the second time in 2017, his mother Rachel Cooper learned that she was pregnant. The news struck the family hard as the prognosis wasn’t good for the bubbly 9-year-old. But Bailey was determined to live long enough to be able to do one thing: meet his future baby sister.
In an interview with People magazine, Bailey’s dad, Lee Cooper, said:
“All he was concerned about was meeting his little sister. Bailey knew something wasn’t right. He could feel it in himself,”
“We got told the news late August that he wasn’t going to survive… He was taking it in … He was thinking, ‘Oh no, I won’t meet my sister.’”
A Mix of Good and Bad News
Rachel and Lee Cooper, residents of Bristol in the United Kingdom, revealed to their children Bailey and Riley that Rachel was pregnant with their future baby sister, Millie. The elder brother Bailey was elated with the news despite being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 2016.
“When we told him, it completely lifted him. He was completely over the moon,”
Bailey initially became ill back in 2016. When his doctors diagnosed him, the boy remained hopeful despite everything. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a form of cancer that impacts the body’s lymphatic system. That means that the body’s ability to transport white blood cells and boost one’s immune system becomes compromised.
Bailey was diagnosed with stage three cancer and underwent chemotherapy immediately for a few months before he went into remission in February 2017. The family saw a glimmer of hope when Bailey was told to bring him in every three months for a routine checkup.
However, it was while the family was on vacation just a few months later when they received the harrowing news. Rachel recalled:
“We were in Paignton zoo when we had a phone call from the hospital that he had relapsed and they needed him back in. Bailey showed signs that he was breathless and tired,”
A Touching Goodbye
Bailey’s organs had already undergone irreparable damage due to his tumors, and it seemed highly unlikely that he would get to live longer. The poor boy was going through so much physical pain, and he had resigned himself to the fact that he would not get to live very long.
However, he still kept a cheerful disposition, even requesting that people wear superhero outfits to his funeral. Of course, the impending birth of his baby sister kept pushing him forward.
Baby Millie Cooper was born on November 30, 2017, and Bailey was there to help welcome her into the world. Cooper said:
“Right from the day Millie was born, Bailey was smitten with her,”
“In his short time with Millie he held her, fed her, bathed her, changed her and sang to her every day until he physically couldn’t do it anymore. He did everything he set out to do in meeting his sister.”
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