That is a heartwarming video shared on Facebook showing a wonderful picture of true love when an 8-year-old girl burst into tears after her father told her he is cancer-free after six years.
Chris Dickson, 43, from Morecambe, Lancashire, England, was diagnosed with bladder cancer six years ago and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy but kept getting new tumors every three months. After two more were found in July, he decided to make the drastic decision to have a radical cystectomy.
His youngest daughter, 8-year-old Maisy Dickson, had never spent a night away from her father until he went into hospital to have his bladder removed.
“Maisy has seen me battling cancer for six years, it has affected her too. It was very traumatic for her. She visited me while I was in the hospital and was distraught when she left. She completely broke down,” Dickson said. “She’s only eight, so we didn’t go into too much detail, but we felt like we couldn’t lie to her either. For an 8-year-old to deal with all that, it’s incredibly.”
She was expecting him to be in the hospital for two weeks as he recovered from the grueling nine-hour operation. That meant he will be home on Sunday, Oct. 6, but he was able to leave the hospital on Thursday, Oct. 2.
Dickson decided to surprise his youngest child, who missed him terribly. He got home, rested on the couch, and waited for his opportunity.
His wife Sharon told Maisy to go upstairs and check her phone for a Snapchat update from him.
“I hid on the sofa in the living room and she ran upstairs,” he said, according to Daily Mail. “My wife told her to check her snapchat because her dad had sent her a message from hospital and was waiting for a reply.”
When Maisy looked at the photo, she recognized immediately. She burst into tears after seeing her father.
“I’d actually sent her one from the sofa asking her for a hug,” Dickson said.
“She flew down the stairs and screamed when she saw me,” he continued. “She completely broke down, I had never seen her like that before. I broke down as well, I had never ever felt anyone show so much love towards me.”
Maisy said she was the “happiest girl in the world.”
“My daddy is my best friend and I hated him being in hospital, now I’ve got him back cancer-free for the rest of my life,” she added.