Heartbreaking moment cancer-stricken boy cradled his baby sister just hours before he died after vowing to live long enough to meet her and telling his parents: ‘You can only cry for 20 minutes’

Nine-year-old Bailey Cooper died of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma on Christmas Eve after vowing to stay alive to hold his newborn sister. His mother Rachel, 28, gave birth to her daughter in November and Bailey named her Millie. The family have now released pictures

of him cradling Millie, for the first time after she was born  and the last time the day before he died on Christmas Eve. Before he died, Bailey, from Bristol, bravely told his

parents Rachel and Lee : ‘You’re only allowed to cry for 20 minutes.’ He is pictured bottom right in hospital with his younger brother before his condition worsened.

Alittle boy fought terminal cancer long enough to meet and name his newborn baby sister and told his devastated parents: ‘You’re only allowed to cry for 20 minutes.’ Nine-year-old Bailey Cooper, from Bristol, battled the disease for 15 months and was determined to hold
his new sibling who was due to be born.Mum Rachel, 28, gave birth to her daughter in November and Bailey named her Millie.Bailey was pictured cradling her the day before he
died.Tragically, the nine-year-old died on Christmas Eve – and proud mum and dad Lee
said he smiled all the way through his treatment.Rachel said: ‘We didn’t think he would last that long, but he was determined to meet Millie.’It got to the end of November, and Millie was born.He hugged her and did everything an older brother would do – change her,
wash her, sing to her.’ Bailey’s dad Lee, 30, added: ‘Doctors said he was going to go before Millie was born.’He didn’t.He fought, and on the way to hospital, he said we should call her Millie.’But the moment after he met her, he began to taper off quickly.He was
slipping away.’ The family knew Bailey was unlikely to survive to celebrate Christmas but encouraged him to write a list of gifts he would like.But his parents noticed they seemed to be chosen with his younger brother, Riley, aged six, in mind.Knowing that he was
dying, Bailey had planned his own funeral and asked that all guests dressed up in superhero outfits.He told his parents in their last family meeting: ‘You’re only allowed to cry for 20 minutes.You have to take care of Riley and Millie.’ And when his grandmother
said she wished he could take his place, Bailey told her: ‘That is really selfish Nan.You have grandchildren to take care of.’ After being taken to a hospice on December 22, Bailey’s family gathered by his bedside and read him stories to keep him company.Rachel
said: ‘He knew he was not going to be here for Christmas, but we tried to get him to put together a Christmas list.’He said he didn’t want to, but we encouraged him to.’By 11.45am on Christmas Eve, we were by his bedside.We knew it was not going to be

long.We told him ‘It’s time to go Bailey.Stop.’ ‘The moment we said ‘stop’, he took his last breath and had just the one tear come out of his eye.It was peaceful.’ Lee added: ‘We were going to get everything he asked for.But most of the stuff he asked for were things he never played with.’They were more suited for his little brother.He had picked everything for Riley because he knew he was not going to play with them.’ Bailey first became ill in the summer of 2016, and after a series of tests in September he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which develops in the network of vessels and glands in the body.By the time it was discovered, it was already in Stage Three.Doctors treated the cancer with chemotherapy and steroid medication but were optimistic that Bailey would recover, and in February 2017 he went into remission.Bailey returned to Stoke Lodge Primary School in Patchway, Bris

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