By Jack Day
A child in the UK is suffering with a disease known to many, Cystic Fibrosis. Now his struggle has gone viral.
For those who aren’t familiar, the disease attacks the lungs. The inherited disorder leads to the production of mucus in the lungs, making it difficult for a person to breathe. It also makes a person more susceptible to lung infections and eventually could lead to the need for a lung transplant.
6-year-old Jessie O’Brien from the UK hates his daily routine, because it involves multiple breathing treatments and a daily cocktail of nine different drugs to keep him alive and well. In the video, Jessie’s mother captures her son’s regular routine:
“Ok I’m going to take this, and I don’t like it,” he says to the camera.
He then swallows a handful of pills and a syringe of another liquid medication.
Jessie’s mother Heidi says she made the video to keep him on the right track. Jessie occasionally has a hard time remembering to take everything, so she promised him that if he continued to take his medication, she’d show the world just how brave her son is.
The social media community responded in a big way. 500,000 fans now relating to the boy who shares in their daily struggle. A community of people with Cystic Fibrosis looking to a 6-year-old as a role model.
Jessie’s mother says he no longer takes tantrums before taking the medications because he knows when he takes them, he’s helping other kids around the world feel brave enough to take theirs.
What do you think of little Jessie’s instant fame? Is it a video that you find inspiring? His actions are inspiring others to take their medications daily. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.