A single mother with terminal cancer feared for the 8-year-old son she could leave behind. Who would take care of him?
Tricia Somers didn't think she could entrust Wesley to her family. The boy's grandparents had died years ago, and his father was not involved with his life consistently. Then, another woman named Tricia entered the picture, ABC News reported.
Tricia Seaman was Somers' nurse at Pinnacle Health Community General in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where the pair got to know each other well during Somers' treatments.
One day when Somers was in the hospital, she asked Seaman one of the most difficult questions a parent would ever have to consider.
"She said, 'If I die will you raise my son?'" Seaman recalled to ABC.
"I didn't know what to say in that moment," Seaman said. "I told her I was flattered enough [that she] asked me. I said to her, 'Why don't you take a little time with this.' ... I was trying to be very diplomatic, everything in me said was saying 'Yes I'll do it.'"
Seaman and her husband already have three teenage daughters of their own and a 10-year-old son, but were in the process of becoming foster parents at the time.
Seaman and her husband agreed to take in and eventually adopt Weslsey, but they wanted to take in Somers too.
"At one point I said, 'I can't be your nurse anymore. I'm your family now,'" Seaman told ABC. "I talked to her and said I want you to come [home]. She kind of fell apart and cried. She said, 'I'd love to.'"
Since May, WHTM-TV reported that both Somers and Wesley have lived with the Seamans.
"They wanted us to be together and go through the journey with me," Somers told the news station.
Wesley told WHTM that he's happy to have more people in his family now.
"I did not have anybody until now, except Mommy," he said. "I am happy to have a brother."
Somers is undergoing another round of chemotherapy to combat the aggressive liver cancer, and she said she hopes to hold on long enough to see her son grow up. If not, she told WHTM she's at peace knowing that her son will be taken care of.
"Sometimes God has a plan for our lives," Seaman told the news station. "Sometimes we think we know what that plan is, but we really do not."