Little brother Rio Chiege intends to be 'a superhero' for his older sister Ruby by making a great sacrifice to help save her life.
When Ruby, 13, came home from school one afternoon in agony, mum Debra assumed it was just growing pains. But just 24 hours later, their lives were thrown into turmoil as Ruby was given a devastating diagnosis. It was April 20 when Ruby began complaining of pain in her legs. When paracetamol failed to relieve her discomfort, Debra dialled 111 and was advised to take her to A&E.
On arrival at hospital, Ruby had X-rays taken which appeared to show nothing of concern. The 13-year-old, who lives in Little Hulton, Salford, was told to go home and continue taking painkillers. She was kept off school the following day but when the teenager fainted in her room later that evening, Debra knew something was seriously wrong.
The family returned to hospital where Ruby was given blood tests. Single mum-of-four Debra was on her own when she was taken into a private room. Ruby's results were back – she had leukaemia.