A nurse has become an internet sensation after being filmed singing to a boy battling cancer in hospital.
Beth Porch has been described as a “little bit of brightness” for playing a ukulele while singing McFly’s It’s All About You to three-year-old Artie Vickerage, who has been bedridden for the last seven weeks after being diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called Burkitts Lymphoma.
Footage of the touching moment was posted on Twitter by Artie’s mother Gemma and retweeted more than 4,000 times, bringing it to the attention of McFly singer Tom Fletcher. He tweeted: “Beth, you are an absolute hero with the voice of an angel. Gemma, I hope your little one is doing ok. Wishing you all the very best. It looks like you’re in good hands there.“
Artie, from Hockley in Southend-on-Sea, was taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London at the end of May after his mother discovered a large lump in his belly. “With this type of cancer the tumour can double in size within 24 hours. The one in his stomach was already sitting at 11.5cm. He also had fluid on his lungs and a lymph up near his heart. When you come in you get told that the treatment is intended to break them but it has to happen to make them better.”
Throughout his intensive chemotherapy, Artie was cared for by Miss Porch. Mrs Vickerage said: “He has just been so poorly and it can be hard to stay positive but Beth is just a little bit of brightness and she really makes a difference.“
Big thumbs up to this loving nurse and to all nurses who do their best for their patients every day! Watch Miss Porch singing to Artie…