A mum has released heartbreaking pictures of her four-year-old son’s battle with leukaemia, which shows him being taken care of by his sister who is only 14 months older than him. Beckett Burge was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of two in April 2018 and since then has spent months in hospital having chemotherapy and blood transfusions. Mum Kaitlin Burge took pictures in January, which show selfless sibling Aubrey, rubbing her brother’s back while he leans over the toilet being sick – reassuring him that everything will be okay.
Older sister Aubrey wants to help her brother back to recovery after he was diagnosed in April 2018 (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
Little Aubrey then washes his hands, carries her brother to the couch and offers to help clean the bathroom for her mum and 31-year-old dad Matthew Burge. Mum-of-three Kaitlin, from Princeton, Texas, US, says that instead of going out to play with her friends, Aubrey prefers to stay at home with Beckett so she can keep a close eye on him. Kaitlin says she is thrilled with the ‘incredible bond’ between the pair, but admits to feeling sad on occasions that her little girl has been exposed to so much.
The 28-year-old says she took the decision to release the images to show the importance of family in times of crisis.
Beckett Burge was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of two. (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
Kaitlin said: ‘When I see them together, it makes me happy but at the same time it makes me sad. ‘They have an incredible bond. To this day, they are closer, she always takes care of him. ‘A child that’s four or five years old should be outside playing with their friends.’ Aubrey has had to stop going to gymnastics because of what her family says is the added ‘financial burden’.
Mum Kaitlin says the pair have an ‘incredible bond’.(Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
Aubrey reassures her brother that everything will be okay (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
Beckett came home after more than a month in hospital on Aubrey’s fifth birthday, spending the day with her brother, whom she helped walk.
Kaitlin said: ‘There’s a lot going on at the moment. When he’s not tired and worn out, Beckett’s a very happy person, he’s very bubbly and goofy. ‘He’s never met a stranger – he will talk to anyone and anybody.’
Mum Kaitlin took the pictures to show the importance of family (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
Aubrey, who started preschool this summer, continues to worry about her ‘best friend’, despite her parents’ reassurance. She looks through pictures of her brother and asks questions about the medical equipment he has to use. Since being diagnosed 18 months ago, Beckett has shown incredible strength despite having chemotherapy pills every night and needing regular hospital treatment. It’s estimated he will be on treatment for two more years but in the meantime he’ll have his loving family, especially doting sister Aubrey, to help him through.