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'When I grow up I want be a doctor to make mum better': Nine-year-old girl left as sole carer for her mum, who has MS, after her father tragically passed away

Paren'ts bond: Jamie-Marie Genito (left) is the sole carer for her mum Helen (right) who has multiple sclerosis
  • Jamie-Marie is the sole carer for her mum, Helen, who has MS
  • The nine-year-old's father, Jamie, passed away she she was only 2
  • She helps her mum around the house with cleaning and tidying
  • Jamie-Marie wants to be a doctor so she can 'make mum better'

In a lot of ways, Jamie-Marie Genito is just like every other nine-year-old. She goes to school, has a group of friends, and likes to play with her toys.
But then, Jamie-Marie goes home and helps care for her mother, Helen Genito, who has Multiple Sclerosis. She is now her mother's sole carer, after her father died when she was only two years old.

Jamie-Marie helps around the house, folding clothes, washing dishes and 'picking up my clothes so mum doesn't trip over them' she told Daily Mail Australia.

Her mum's MS has had such an impact on her that Jamie-Marie has vowed that she wants to do something to help other sufferers.

'When I grow up I want to maybe be a teacher, teaching people about MS,' she said. 'Or possibly being a doctor to make make mum better.'

Helen says she just wants her daughter to have options and grow up not feeling like she missed her childhood.

'It’s a big weight on her shoulders,' she said. 'I've told her, finish year 12 and you can do anything you want. Whatever you decide then.'

For Helen, some days are harder than others. She was diagnosed with MS shortly after Jamie-Marie was born, having her first attack when her only daughter was only eight weeks old.

After her husband passed away, she said she had a lot of support systems in place but that 'now Jamie-Marie has overtaken all of that.'

Jamie-Marie says that being a carer can be hard on her sometimes too. 'Being a carer it puts a lot of responsibility on you, knowing that there’s nothing to fall back on,' she said.

Now the nine-year-old is doing even more to help her mum, participating in the MS Walk and Fun Run, which raises money for research into MS.

'My mum means my whole life to me, without her I wouldn’t be myself,' she said. 'If we raise enough money there’ll be a treatment and I want mum to get better.'

Ultimately though, Helen says that she just want to raise awareness of what can be an invisible disease, and 'live life in the best way possible'.

You can participate in or sponsor someone in the MS Walk and Fun Run here.

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