After giving birth to her third child, all she wanted to do was to get to Brett and have him hold their daughter before he died.
Life is unpredictable, and we are never certain as to when our last day might just be, and hence it's imperative to live life to the fullest, but often we tend to take that for granted. However, diseases like cancer don't discriminate, and sometimes we are forced to face our reality that we might not survive for long. Recently, an episode on Gogglebox, a British TV series, brought people to tears when they saw what was one of the greatest examples of a father's love.
The story, which was part of a special episode by the charity Stand Up To Cancer, showed the harrowing effects of cancer on not just the person that's affected by it, but what it does to their family, too. It featured Brett, a father-of-three with brain tumor, who was in his final moments while meeting his third child for the first time. Throughout the episode, we saw how he struggled with the disease before tragically succumbing to it earlier this year.
Brett and Nicola were both qualified teachers who were destined to cross paths. They started off as friends before they realized they wanted to be something more. Soon, they married and became parents to beautiful daughters. "He really enjoyed being a dad...he was such a good dad," Nicola said. One of his daughters said that they used to spend time going to a farm, feeding animals, or jumping on a bouncy cushion. "It made me really happy," the girl said. "But, then he got poorly."
Nicole said she saw a few changes in him, but he brushed it off. It was in 2015 when they visited the hospital that they discovered he had a brain tumor. Nicola, a mother-of-three, said, "We sat down with his neurologist and they went through the extremes of what the surgery could lead to." The doctors informed her that the operation was risky as it could result in death if they were to remove the tumor. "We almost started to panic and they took as much of the tumor away as they could. When the tumor grew back, when I was pregnant with Arya, it was more aggressive. It couldn't be operated on," she said, Metro UK reported.
Last nights @C4Gogglebox episode highlighted the devastation a #braintumour can have on a family 💔 We sadly hear stories like this every day which is why we're determined to change it. Help us find a cure ➡️https://t.co/SZmRLPancs #Gogglebox https://t.co/OQib7Yx3sK— BrainTumourResearch (@braintumourrsch) October 26, 2019
Just three months after they received the devastating news, Nicole went into labor. While she was in labor, Brett suffered a seizure and was rushed to a hospital's A&E in Milton Keynes. After giving birth to her child, all she wanted to do was to get to Brett and have him hold their daughter for the first and last time before she lost him. "It was like a race against time to make sure we were ok but could get going [to the hospital he was in]," Nicola said, according to the Daily Mail.
She also said that the hospital staff did whatever they could to make sure she reached in time. Nicola's mother, who was with her in the hospital, drove the newborn and her to Brett. "I knew what was gonna happen and I wanted him to know that it was ok. I told him it's ok, don't hurt yourself anymore," the mother-of-three said. Nicole heartbreakingly laid their baby Arya on Brett's chest and described to him how she looked.
It was impossible not to cry. Anyone who says they didn’t is either a born liar or has a complete heart of stone. #StandUpToCancer— Andy Duckworth (@andiduck) October 26, 2019
Brett was able to meet his daughter for the first and last time. They spent a few hours together before he died. She was born at 5:07 am on February 11, 2019, while he passed away at 8:25 am. His older daughters believe that their daddy, who used to be their "superhero handsome prince," is sending them feathers to let them know he's looking after them. And, he probably is doing exactly just that.