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by Jane Ball, News Editor
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
All little Skye Wooding wants for Christmas is for her sick Daddy to get better, so, instead of presents, she wrote to Santa asking that he make him well again.
Brett Wooding, 41, said he “broke down crying” when selfless seven-year-old Skye thrust the hand-written plea into his hand after she came home from school last week.
“Dear Santa,” she wrote. “I want for Christmas for my dad to get healthy and to lose weight and to get well. Please help my daddy.” The primary pupil even illustrated the letter with a drawing of her dad surrounded by two hearts.
Former builder Brett, who is also dad to Tyler, nine and Aiden 18, was diagnosed with chronic lung disease, COPD emphysema, six months ago and has been told by his doctor to lose weight to ease his condition which may see him rely on an oxygen machine to breathe.
“I was shocked when I started to read Skye’s note,” said Brett. “She said ‘here, Dad, a card for you’. I thought it would be a list of items to get her for Christmas but I didn’t know what to say to her when I started to read it.
“It broke my heart; I broke down crying.”
Brett, originally from Straight Road, Harold Hill but who now lives in Dagenham, said but he didn’t think his daughter realised how sick he was.
“We’ve never talked to her directly about what’s wrong with me but she must have just picked it up,” he said. “I’ve been in and out of the doctors and she must have heard [partner] Kay and me talking.
“I’m just so proud of her,” he added. “When I put the note on Facebook, everyone was commenting saying how it had choked them up.”