A little boy wakes up from a coma and says four words, and then he closes his eyes forever, leaving his family in tears.
Any parent would be willing to let go of that memories if it meant their kid would live to a happy old age.
Unfortunately, Ruth Scully, the mother of a 4-year-old boy named Nolan, only remembers what she had with her little son in their final conversation.
In November 2015, Ruth Scully and Jonathan Scully got the news that almost any mother or father would dread that their 4-year-old son Nolan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Nolan was just two years old when he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer. These tumors develop from muscle or fibrous tissue and can grow in any body part.
Doctors told Nolan’s parents the boy needed to start with intense treatment to fight the disease. The procedure would include 43 weeks of chemotherapy sessions and five and a half weeks of radiotherapy.
The first round of chemo was rough on Nolan’s little body, but the brave boy kept enduring.
His parents created to GoFund page on Facebook to help them pay for the treatment. They also used to update their child’s condition and said that watching their son suffering was the hardest thing in the world.
Unfortunately, even with the treatment, the cancer still attacked his body, and the doctors were worried.
As a result, the boys’ families were called at the start of February 2017 to meet with his oncologist.
The doctor’s expression and the sadness in his eyes said all they needed to know. The specialist explained that Nolan’s CT scan report had shown large tumors that had grown.
These tumors were compressing both his bronchial tubes, and his heart cancer had spread like wildfire; consequently, there wasn’t anything more the doctors could do except that the continued treatment could do for her son.
He was staying in a hospice. However, his mother said, “We just wanted ONE more night together. “But as he woke, he gently put his hand on mine and said, ‘Mommy, it’s ok. Let’s just stay here ok?’ She also mentions, “My four-year-old hero was trying to make sure things were easy for me.” Over the next 36 hours, the little boy watched videos on YouTube and played with those closest to him.
He even created a will for his family; heartbreakingly, Nolan also drew a picture of how his funeral should be planned.
The smart boy decided who he would like to carry his coffin to untold his parents what he thought the congregation should wear.
He always dreamt of becoming a police officer. Therefore, he wanted his family to remember him as a policeman.
Although Nolan wanted his mom by his side, he relented in one instance. When his mother, Ruth, asked him if it was okay for her to shower.
He agreed on the condition that his uncle would sit with him instead. So the child turned toward the bathroom and watched his mom close the door.
As the door shut, Nolan closed his eyes and fell into a deep sleep.
After leaving the bathroom, his mom saw that her son’s support team had gathered around his bed.
Naturally, it was a moment of high emotion, and the medical staff revealed his fragile condition.
They said that Nolan couldn’t feel anything and was also having difficulty breathing because one of his lungs had collapsed. Without any hesitation, his mom climbed into bed next to him. While Ruth knew she was going to lose her son soon, perhaps no one could have predicted what would happen next.
It was a miracle. Nolan opened his eyes again as he still wanted to say something to his mom.
So the boy turned his gaze towards his mother and said, “I love you, Mommy.” Then just before midnight on February 7th, 2017, little Nolan passed away with Ruth singing to him. The four-year-old’s final words will be forever etched on his mom’s heart.
Ruth then uploaded a touching Facebook post two months after Nolan’s demise. She told the world about her son’s last message and also expressed the pain of losing him.
There Ruth mentioned how her child woke up out of a coma to say he loved her with a smile on his face.
The post said, “My son passed away like a hero and brought communities of different occupations together.” He made a difference in people’s lives all around the world and was a warrior who left with dignity and love. She described the feelings of agony and grief she has experienced since Nolan lost his “courageous battle.”
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