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September 11, 2018

Little boy visits his twin brother's grave to tell him about his school day

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A ten-year-old twin named Walker Myrick loves to visit his twin brother’s grave to talk about his day at school. He said they have a deep connection.

Walker has always felt a strong bond with his twin brother even though they have not met each other.

His twin, Willis, passed away in their mother’s womb due to a condition called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).

It is a rare disease which affects identical twins who share a placenta inside the mother’s womb.

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Even though the twins have not met, nothing has stopped Walker from forming a connection with his twin.

He would frequently visit his brother’s grave to talk to him and share anything and everything with him under the sun.

When Walker was five years old, he told his mother, Brooke Myrick, that he wanted to visit his brother to tell him how his first day of kindergarten went.

Speaking with the Mirror in 2017, Brooke recalled she saw her son sitting next to Willis’s grave while talking to him. She found the moment so touching that she snapped a photo.

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During the interview last year, Brooke said that Walker still visits his brother, especially on holidays.

She explained, “Identical twins are known to carry a very strong connection and I believe it’s still there with my boys. Walker has a drive to make sure Willis is never forgotten.”

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Brooke and the rest of the family had been fighting to raise awareness about TTTS.

She expressed that she never heard of the condition before she lost her son because of it.

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“We were not screened for it, nor did our doctor refer us to a specialist or even know that my boys were identical and sharing a placenta,” she

said

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Brooke said they want to fight for awareness to prevent other families from going through what they experienced.

In March last year, the family held their fourth annual “Walker and Willis birthday walk.”

The family hosts the event each year to help raise money for the TTTS Foundation.

In another news, two identical twins, both 18, were diagnosed with stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver in 2017. Devin and Nick Coats both needed liver transplants.

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Unfortunately, Nick's health rapidly declined, and by the time a liver was available, the doctors saw that it was too late for him.

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