Many people think that twins have a special bond — but Megan and Sophie Walker’s story is truly incredible.
Family of the inseparable 11-year-old identical twins grew concerned when Megan started dramatically losing weight and complaining of exhaustion and nausea.
Megan had chest X-rays, ultrasounds and an MRI scan — but for months doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with her.
Suddenly they discovered that Sophie, who remained energetic while Megan had fallen ill, had a cancer associated with the symptoms Megan had shown.
Both girls dropped from 88 lbs to an identical 77 lbs.
Mom-of-nine Rebecca Walker, 37, says: “It was heartbreaking. There was no indication anything was wrong with Sophie.”
“It was Megan we were worried about. She was ghostly pale and drained, not her usual self at all.”
A Wilms tumour was found on Sophie’s kidney. Self-employed dad Jamie Walker, 39, gave up his plumber’s shop to help care for his sick daughter.
In December, she had a seven-hour operation to remove the tumour along with her left kidney and will continue to undergo chemotherapy until June.
Sophie was terrified about losing her long hair, but her sister Megan supported her. She even asked their mom to cut her locks shorter, so her and Sophie could look the same again.
“I haven’t had the heart to let her,” said their mother. “Megan is my reminder of how Sophie looked and hopefully will look again soon.”
So how did Megan show symptoms associated with Sophie’s cancer before Sophie herself did?
Helen Turier, of the Twins and Multiple Births Association, thinks she may have the answer.
“It can be common that one becomes the ‘caretaker twin’ and perhaps Megan exhibited the symptoms Sophie was feeling,” she told Metro.
“They’ve put it down to the fact that they are twins,” said the twins’ mom. “They think Megan was showing us Sophie’s symptoms before we even knew Sophie was ill.”
“Now Megan wants to be with Sophie more than ever. I don’t know what she would do without her.”
A fundraising page has been set up for all who’d like to assist with Sophie’s growing medical costs.