A PROUD mum has nominated her two ‘wonderful’ sons for supporting their poorly younger brother as he battles a series of illnesses.
Rio Vacary, aged two, suffers the rare genetic condition Angelman Syndrome which means he needs round-the-clock support from mum Gemma and dad Wayne.
Gemma said her eldest sons Cody, eight, and five-year-old Jadyn, have had their young lives changed dramatically since Rio was born - but have coped immensely well with their situation.
“They are future doctors!” said Gemma. “Cody and Jadyn are never far away, and will always lend a helping hand to their brother.”
Last year Cody was with Rio when he suffered a burst artery in his mouth, which required an operation to repair.
“Cody came and told me straight away what had happened, and explained that his brother was bleeding badly.
“It was a very traumatic experience for me and Wayne, let alone for an eight-year-old child, but Cody didn’t panic.”
The family have also had Christmas and holiday plans disrupted because Rio has needed emergency hospital visits – something Gemma says Cody and Jadyn, who are pupils at Gleadless Primary School, have never complained about. We even had to start making alternative plans for Christmas due to us being in hospital with Rio, but when we told the boys they didn’t complain or get upset, they just got on with things,” Gemma said.
“We also had to cut short a recent break to Flamingo Land because Rio needed to go to hospital, but our little troopers didn’t complain, they just accepted it.”
Gemma added that she and Wayne had nominated Cody and Jadyn to show how proud they are of them.
“Rio absolutely adores his big brothers and they make me and their dad so proud every single day with what they have to live with and how well they manage.”
Cody and Jadyn have been nominated for the Support The Family award - and there are nine other categories too.
Just fill in the form, left, and send it in to The Star before April 19.