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Photo Of Boy Tucking His Sister In, For The Last Time, Tugs Many Hearts

WHEN a photo speaks more than a thousand words, it is able to tell a story without a story, able to convey emotions without any need for a background, capable of sending messages that transcend languages.

Such a powerful photo, especially when it depicts the unbreakable bond between a brother and his sister, has tugged the hearts of many Internet users.

"A little boy should not have to say goodbye to his partner in crime, his play mate, his best friend, his little sister."

These were the words of a father, Matt Sooter whose photo he shared of his two children on Facebook have since gone viral, touching many hearts and possibly bringing tears to many eyes.

Matt's four-year-old dauhgter Adalynn Sooter passed away after a battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in the United States.

In the photo he shared on June 3, Matt's six-year-old son Jackson was seen touching his younger sister's forehead as he stood by her bedside to tuck her in at a hospice in the state of Arkansas.

Speaking recently to The Washington Post, Matt recalled what happened the night he took the photo.

After Jackson tucked Adalynn in that night, her breathing became slower, more labored and more erratic.

Matt said while her daughter did open her eyes a few times, she was not coherent.

Slightly after 1am that night, Adalynn passed away.

In another post, after Adalynn had passed, Matt described his daughter's death as the miraculous healing they've all been praying for, for so long, as his daughter had been battling the disease for a long time with it progressing rapidly.

"She passed from this life to the next just as she had lived: stubbornly but also peacefully, and surrounded by family. She wasn’t in any pain at the end," Matt wrote.

He remarked how despite this being a 'goodbye for now', they still miss their baby girl terribly.

DIPG is a rare tumor that originates in the brain stem which controls breathing, heart rate and the nerve muscles that help people see, hear, walk, talk and eat, according to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Throughout Adalynn's battle with DIPG, she underwent many radiation treatments and experiential chemotherapies as well as immunotherapy treatments in Mexico, as reported by The Washington Post.

Also in a Facebook update, Matt informed that they donated Adalynn's tumors, from her brain and spine, to scientific research 'in hopes of saving future children from a similar fate'.

-NST