A Horsham schoolboy has been nominated for a national ‘Super Sibling’ award after demonstrating outstanding courage, support and care for his younger sisters, both who were born prematurely.
The pupil at St Mary’s CofE Primary School in Horsham has had to endure separation from his mum Nickie for weeks on end while she travelled back and forth to the hospital before the girls could come home.
Nickie, aged 31 said: “Jack has been through so much over the past years. He had to see an ambulance come to us after we called them out in middle of the night the day before Emily was born.
“After Holly was born, the neonatal unit was closed to siblings due to a risk of swine flu and RSV, so Jack was unable to meet his sister until she was five weeks old, which he really struggled with.”
Jack has also been a huge help to his parents during this difficult time. He has helped his parents with Holly’s hypermobility and Emily’s newly diagnosed bilateral Periventricular Leukomalacia (Level 2), which is a form of brain injury most commonly found in premature infants born earlier than 32 weeks with a birth weight of less than 1,500g. She also has cerebral irritation and metabolic bone disease, all of which require constant supervision and leaves his parents exhausted.
Family friend Liz Brown, who nominated Jack for The Tommy’s & Centre Parcs Super Sibling Award, said: “I’ve never seen an eight year old boy so in love as Jack is with his sisters. Jack is an absolute pleasure, polite, kind and doting on his sisters.
“He was bursting with pride on their Christening day recently; the smile didn’t leave his face all day. Jack takes every day in his stride with such grace and humility. He accepts the difficulties that life brings and is thankful of the little miracles that he shares his life with.”
Nominations for the 2013 Awards are open until December 2012. For more information go to www.bounty.com/tommys-awards2013 All the award winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in London on Friday March 22 2013.