Sunday 22 April 2018

Irish mum’s pride as twins ask Santa to make baby sister better this Christmas

Gary and Lorraine Nelson with Millie, Sophie, Jake and Cody.
Gary and Lorraine Nelson with Millie, Sophie, Jake and Cody.

Louise Walsh

FORGET Lego and Star Wars toys, 10-year-old twin brothers Jake and Cody Nelson just want one thing from Santa this Christmas – to make their baby sister better.

Millie (8 months, inset) is the only baby in Ireland to suffer from a rare muscle-wasting condition called SMA Type 1, an incurable condition that affects muscles used to swallow, eat, sit, walk and breathe.

The brave tot is currently in Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin recovering from a collapsed lung and is waiting on a date for surgery to have a feeding tube put in place.

Parents Lorraine and Gary, from Navan, Co Meath, expressed their pride at their young sons’ generosity of spirit.

“Every year around now, the boys sit down to write their Santy letters. This year, they were finished in 10 minutes,” Lorraine said.

“When they showed me the letters, my eyes filled with tears. There were no toys on their list this year. There was just one request from the boys asking Santa Claus to make their baby sister better.

“Our 13-year-old daughter Sophie has also been amazing. We’re blessed with them.”

One of the Santa letters reads: ‘All I really want for Christmas is my little baby sister Millie Nelson who is over in the hospital (to get better). So please Santa Claus, can you make her better?

‘And make my mammy and daddy very, very happy now.’ The letter is signed “Cody, Millie’s big brother”.

Meanwhile, Jake’s letter simply reads: ‘Please, can you make my little sister better!’

Little Millie was diagnosed with the disease when she was just six weeks old. Her condition worsened in June when she went into respiratory and cardiac arrest. To help raise funds for Millie’s transport, go to


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