The heart-wrenching moment a 6-year-old boy said goodbye to his little sister for the last time was caught on camera and is breaking hearts across the world.
Matt Sooter, from Arkansas, took the picture of his 6 year old son bidding goodbye to his 4-year-old daughter Adalynn (Addy) as she lost her battle to cancer. “A little boy should not have to say goodbye to his partner in crime, his play mate, his best friend, his little sister. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. But this is the broken world we live in.” Matt wrote.
In November of 2016, the Sooter family was left shattered when they were told that their little girl had Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare tumor that starts in the brain-stem.
In a heartbreaking Facebook, post, Matt explained how his baby girl’s condition rapidly deteriorated. “Addy’s symptoms have progressed rapidly over the past day and a half. Yesterday she woke up as her spunky playful self. While we still see short instances of our girl she can no longer eat or swallow without difficulty and she’s sleeping most of the time now and we’ve admitted her into inpatient care. Most likely she doesn’t have much time left.”
In another post the devastated dad invited all the family’s friends and relatives who wanted to say a final goodbye to their little girl to contact them. Matt also requested his Facebook followers to pray for big brother Jackson, who didn’t want to leave his little sister’s bedside.
“For our family and close friends if you feel you need to tell her goodbye we recommend you contact us and do so soon. Pray for Jackson. He doesn’t want to leave her side and we won’t make him. Pray for us. That we have the right words and can make the necessary arrangements in time. Always remember: God is in this situation, He’s up to something, and He’s up to something GOOD.” Matt wrote.
Just a short time after Jackson had said goodnight to his sister and told her he loved her, she passed away.
Just hours after, the family announced the death of their baby girl on the Facebook page, Hope for Addy Joy – Fighting DIPG. “She passed from this life to the next just as she had lived: stubbornly but also peacefully, and surrounded by family. She wasn’t in any pain at the end,” it read. “While this is only goodbye for now we miss our baby girl terribly.” The family said.
The family donated Addy’s tumors, both brain and spine, to scientific research in “hopes of saving future children from a similar fate. “Our sweet girl loved helping people and giving gifts so we thought this would be an excellent way of showing her giving heart,” they wrote in a Facebook post.
Our prayers go out to this family, May God’s love and comfort surround them always. Rest in peace little angel Addy.