Wesley is now a confident and happy 16-year-old who recently got his driver's license.
Tricia Seaman had no idea her life was about to take a huge turn when she was nursing her 45-year-old cancer patient, Trish Somers, at UPMC Community Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Somers—a last-stage patient of a rare vascular cancer known as epithelioid hemangioendothelioma—saw all her hopes crashing down to the ground when she realized her chances of surviving the illness were bleak. As a single mother to her then-8-year-old son Wesley, her life revolved around him. Upon facing the bitter truth of her disease, Somers eventually took the heartbreaking decision to make arrangements for her son in the event of her death as he had no other guardian to care for him.
Nurse Seaman did her best to console Somers when she learned that her cancer had spread and she only had months to live. However, one afternoon in March 2014, Somers decided that she didn't want to be consoled anymore. She sat upright in her bed and looked at the nurse—whom she'd only known for three weeks—and confided her worries about her only child. "I want you to take care of my son when I die," she pleaded to Seaman.
Years later, Seaman and her husband Dan have fulfilled the request from the dying mother. Six years after welcoming the boy into their house, they officially adopted Wesley in July 2020. The proud parents are raising the now-teen alongside their four kids. "It just became very clear, very fast that this is what we were meant to do, we all just clicked. We just fell in love with them," Seaman recalled while talking to PEOPLE about the time Somers and Wesley came into her life. Somers also spent the final months of her life with the Seamans before succumbing to her illness in December 2014. Six years after her demise, Wesley—who spent years in grief counseling to cope with his mom's death—is thriving under the Seaman family's care.
"I can't even begin to describe how lucky and blessed I am. I'm grateful every day that they made the decision to take us in. They mean everything to me " said Wesley, who is now a confident and happy 16-year-old who recently got his driver's license. Meanwhile, Seaman shared that she is immensely proud of him and how he has grown up to be a responsible and loving son. "He's growing up and moving on. I'm just incredibly proud of him and eternally blessed to be a small part of his journey and it's something I'll honor until I draw my last breath," she added.
Wesley, who landed the lead in the junior class play, recently got a part-time job scooping ice cream—a sweet reminder of his late mother's love for milkshakes.
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