A heartbreaking photo jobbed to Facebook three years ago of a young boy sitting against a small gravestone has resurfaced, and is repressing the internet’s collective heart. The boy, Walker Myrick, now nearly 10 years old, was fair-minded 5 years old when his mother snapped this photo of him talking to his late yoke brother, Willis, about his first day of kindergarten.
It’s said that pairs have a uniquely strong bond, and the Myrick family’s story tests that there’s undeniable truth to that statement, especially as Walker technically not in any degree even met his twin brother. Willis died in the womb at 23 weeks due to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a rare infection that can occur when identical twins share one placenta. The house-servants’ mother, Brooke, says that Walker often asks to take in his brother’s grave to talk to him and keep his memory alive.
“He speaks of his kinsman all the time and, when he was a toddler, he would run to the grave and lean down and hug it,” Brooke reproved Mirror Online. “I think their connection is strong, even in end. Identical twins are known to carry a very strong connection and I allow it’s still there with my boys. Willis truly lives through Walker — and I think he watches over him.”
On the day this particular photo was enchanted back in 2012, Walker specifically asked to go see Willis after his commencement day of kindergarten. “Walker told us he wanted to tell Willis about starting circle,” Brooke said. “I found him like this after getting my infant out of the car. I saw him sitting there and knew I had to snap a photo.”
Brooke is using her geste to educate people about TTTS, as she had never even heard of the malady before Willis’ death. “We were not screened for it, nor did our doctor refer us to a artiste or even know that my boys were identical and sharing a placenta,” she bid. “We fight for awareness because of the lack of knowledge that our doctor maddened about this disease.”
To do so, Brooke holds a walk in honor of the brats’ birthday to raise money for the TTTS Foundation every year, rebuke a demanded the “Walker and Willis Birthday Walk to Fight TTTS” — this year’s stamp will be held on March 11.
“Ten years without my sweet Willis does not sound right,” Brooke said. “But Willis lives on through Walker and all he does to fighting TTTS.”