Baby Thomas has terminal cancer.
Baby Thomas has terminal cancer.

Mum captures 3yo boy comforting terminally ill baby brother

LAYING side-by-side on the lounge while on holiday, a mother has captured a tender embrace between her two young boys.

But while it may look like a candid moment, there's a much more sentimental meaning behind the image.

Four-month-old Thomas, who is battling terminal cancer, was being comforted by his older brother William.

Stroking his cheek, three-year-old William had his hand resting on his baby brother's cheek while looking into little Thomas' eyes.

The heartbreaking moment was captured by the boys' mother, Sheryl Blanksby, who explained how the photograph was taken.

"I was getting ready in the bathroom and husband was in the kitchen," Mrs Blanksby wrote on her Instagram page.

"The kids were quiet, especially Mr preschooler.

"You know the rules about when kids are quiet. I tiptoed to the lounge with my camera ready to catch anything they are doing.

"I was expecting my baby to be covered in Nutella or something but instead I saw this.

"My preschooler is telling his baby brother 'Kuya (big brother) is here. Everything is OK'."

Mrs Blanksby and her husband, Jon, from Western Australia, were devastated when doctors diagnosed little Thomas with a malignant rhabdoid tumour at 11 weeks old in February.

The aggressive form of cancer is most common in infants and toddlers.

A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the family detailed his diagnosis, sharing that Thomas underwent surgery to remove his kidney before doctors determined his cancer was terminal.

It is understood that Mrs and Mrs Blanksby have not been given a time frame for how long they have left with little Thomas.

Writing on her blog, Mrs Blanksby described the "pain" she feels every time she looks at little Thomas' 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," she wrote.

"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."

The photo of the boys has gone viral since being posted three days ago, receiving more than 400 likes and over 50 comments.

News Corp Australia


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