Nurse keeps promise to care for dying patient’s son

McALISTERVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – More than a year ago, 10-year-old Wesley had to say goodbye to his mother.

But he has not been alone because his mother, Tricia Somers, made sure he would be OK. When the single mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she asked her oncology nurse, Tricia Seaman, to take care of Wesley when she died.

000004“It was just, ‘I love you, Mommy, I love you’, and that was probably the most heart-wrenching thing I’ve ever watched, was for a child to say goodbye to his mother,” Seaman said.

Seaman has kept her promise.

“I was just so thankful to be able to be here, just to hug him and let him know we were here for him and he had a family,” Seaman said.

That family includes sisters Anna, Jenna, Emma, and big brother Noah.

“I love hanging around him because he is just such a fun person,” Emma Seaman said.

“He’s definitely a good fit,” Jenna Seaman said.

000005Somers and Wesley moved in with the Seaman family before she passed so the two families could build memories together. The Seamans say Somers left a lasting impression on them.

“She made an impact on us of saying, you know these things over here that you are all worked up about, they are not important, they don’t really matter. Value the day and time that you have with your family because that’s the most important thing,” said Dan Seaman, Wesley’s “adoptive” dad.

Although Wesley’s mom is gone, she planned ahead to make sure her son would still get a gift from her on special occasions.

“She bought gifts for when he turns 16, high school graduation, and college graduation; special little things that she had engraved and I keep in a special spot,” Tricia Seaman said. “He knows he will get them, he just doesn’t know what they are.”

Wesley’s love for his second mom continues to grow every day.

“She’s nice because she is always there when I’m sad, and that really helps,” he said. She also makes me laugh a lot, and also, she’s fun to get hugs from.”

The journey has had powerful lessons for everyone.

“How powerful God is,” Jenna Seaman said.

“To follow the example, when someone is in need, you offer help,” Emma Seaman said.

Wesley’s mom is most certainly smiling down from heaven. Her son is surrounded by love and laughter – and that was her dying wish.

“She would probably tell me that I’ve been doing really good,” Wesley said.

Tricia Seaman has written a book about her journey with Tricia Somers and Wesley entitled “God Gave me You.” Learn more at triciaseaman.com.

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