Walker Myrick has a twin brother who died in the womb in a medical situation called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. But he would love his twin brother, Willis, with all his heart – and a photo of him ‘talking’ to his late twin about school has recently gone viral.
The Myrick family had been excited about the twin pregnancy but would receive heartbreaking news when mom Brooke was 24 weeks pregnant. The two were born on March 6, 2007 – and it was a bittersweet moment for the family.
Walker was rushed to NICU where he spent several days recuperating; he was born just two pounds and fifteen ounces. But Brooke couldn’t bear to see Willis but managed to draw the courage to do so after two days.
But while Walker never met his brother, his parents made sure he knew he had a twin. So, he grew up feeling a special bond with the twin he never met. Back in 2012, Walker had just started kindergarten when the family visited Willis tomb.
According to Brooke, Walker ran ahead to Willis’ grave and cheerfully chatted to his twin about what had happened in school, like the boy was alive and listening to him! So touched by the moment, Brooke took a photo of Walker leaning against Willis’ grave and shared it social media where it had gone viral.
“I do think they share a special bond. They were identical twins so I think it will always be there,” Brooke said.
“I think he feels a sense of peace at the grave site. Even though years have passed, he has told us he believes his brother is always with him. He does speak of him often and shares his brother with his friends.”
What is Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome?
Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome is a medical condition wherein twins share one placenta but one of them receives more supply and blood flow than the other, resulting in the eventual death of the other.
It has a 60-100% mortality rate.