A five-year-old girl from Illinois made the selfless decision to give her twin brother her stem cells to help him fight an aggressive form of leukemia.
Last November, Bradley Godish was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, the Huffington Post reports.
Doctors told Bradley’s parents that the best treatment option would include four rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant. Bradley’s twin sister Charlotte, who also goes by Charlie, would be a perfect match.
Parents Brian and Jennifer asked Charlie if she might be up for the task of helping her brother.
“We wanted Charlie to feel like she was part of the decision-making process and wanted to prep her mentally,”Jennifer told People. “So we explained that Bradley’s blood was sick and hers was healthy, and she said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
The surgery took place in February at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
The family’s story is just garnering attention now, as Bradley’s cancer is now in remission. The twins are getting back to their routines and have just started kindergarten.
Charlie handled the whole procedure bravely and had few tears or complaints.
“As a parent, you want to be a hero to your child, but our kids have been heroes to us. And this whole ordeal has brought the two of them even closer,” Brian told People.
Bradley is back to his old self, but still requires routine checkups. Jennifer told People that they are optimistic about his recovery and that he will be fine.
“We want him and Charlie to remember this time in their lives and how they were there for each other. The bond and the love they have as twins is now even stronger.“