Hospice nurse’s beautiful final act for five-year-old “warrior princess” as she lay dying from brain cancer
Little Braylynn Lawhon “earned her sparkly pink angel wings” at a hospice this week – a nurse carried out a touching act just days before she passed away
A “precious” nurse performed a beautiful act for a dying five-year-old “warrior princess” as she lay in a hospice, with tubes covering her small body.
A little girl with an aggressive form of brain cancer who was pictured in a gut-wrenching photo that went viral showing her terminally ill grandfather saying goodbye has died, her family has said.
In a Facebook post Monday night on the Braylynn’s Battalion Facebook page, the Florida family sadly announced that five-year-old Braylynn Lawhon had ‘earned her sparkly pink angel wings’.
‘And though she be but little, she is fierce,’ the post read.
‘Our sweet Braylynn, our warrior princess, earned her sparkly pink angel wings this evening. Her nickname was Princess Bel and she could light up any room’.
The family has yet to announce funeral arrangements.
Lawhon’s story quickly spread across social media last week and tugged on the heartstrings of many people after her mother, Ally Parker, shared a Facebook photo of her terminally-ill father Sean Peterson saying goodbye to her young daughter.
Peterson, 49, was diagnosed with ALS in 2016 and found out he had bone marrow cancer shortly after.
On December 6, Lawhon was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer that has no cure or survival rate.
On Sunday, Peterson went to visit his granddaughter in a Florida hospice and was overcome with grief. The heart-breaking moment was captured on camera and showed Peterson crying as he said goodbye to the child.
‘We all thought that they would outlive the rest of us… and we certainly never thought that my precious little Braylynn would be the first to go,’ Parker, who shared the photo, wrote in her Facebook post.
‘Last year was hard for us, but I can’t even begin to explain how difficult this year will be and has already been.
‘In a few days I will have to bury this beautiful little girl. Months, maybe even weeks, later, I will have to bury my father.’
‘Both of my heroes, gone, within the same year,’ she continues. ‘How could this happen to us? What did any of us do to deserve THIS?
‘Why do they have to leave us? What are we supposed to do? I refuse to believe that there is a reason for this. This world is a terrible place.’
The Pensacola family had documented Lawhon’s battle with cancer on a GoFundMe page that was initially set up to help fund experimental treatment in Mexico.
The money will now go towards the little girl’s funeral expenses and research.
‘We lost our beloved Braylynn on Monday to this treacherous disease. The donations will go to planning her funeral and to other families fighting this disease and some of it will be going to research to help find a cure,’ the family posted on GoFundMe. ‘We do not wish this pain upon anyone. We may not be able to bring her back, but she may be able to help other babies from dying in the future. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers.’
The family is hoping to raise $300,000. So far, they have received more than $75,000 in donations.
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