Heartbreaking moment cancer boy, nine, 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'

Mail Online | 1/12/2018 | Amanda Cashmore For Mailonline
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A nine-year-old boy fought terminal cancer long enough to meet and name his newborn baby sister and told his devastated parents shortly before he died: 'You're only allowed to cry for 20 minutes.'

Bailey Cooper, from Bristol, battled Non-Hodgkin lymphoma for 15 months and was determined to live love enough to hold his new sibling.

Mother - Rachel - Birth - Daughter - November

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.

His parents Lee and Rachel clutched his hands as he passed away, having bravely smiled through his treatment since he was diagnosed in the summer of 2016.

Bailey - Mother - 'We - Millie

Bailey's mother 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.'

Father - 'Doctors - Millie

His father, 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.

Moment - Away

'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.

Parents - Brother - Riley - Mind

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.

Parents - Family - 'You - Minutes - Care

He told his parents in their last family meeting: 'You're only allowed to cry for 20 minutes. You have to take care of...
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