Sam Thompson has vowed he will never take life for granted, after almost losing his sister Louise.
Louise, 31, suffered "serious complications" and almost died giving birth to son Leo-Hunter last year and her brother Sam, 29, says the ordeal has put everything into perspective.
He wrote on Instagram: "2021 has been a year of many highs and many lows. But nearly losing my sister was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to deal with. The hardest situations teach the biggest lessons, and I learnt to never take any day for granted ever again. To see all the pain she has suffered, and all the setbacks she has faced, and to see her still smiling at the end of it just shows how incredible of a woman she is. Just to see you put on a dress for the first time in months is everything I could have asked for and more. I am so grateful for you and your strength @louise.thompson and I promise 2022 will be your year!! And I will be there to p*** you off every step of the way."
Sam also shared a sweet picture of himself and Louise embracing.
Sam's post came after Louise posted a sweet tribute to her partner Ryan Libbey, 31, for caring for her and Leo throughout her recovery.
She wrote: "2021 has been the hardest year of my life by miles. And I really mean that. MILES.
"But there is someone in my life who will have found it equally as hard. This guy. He has had to witness things that no partner should ever have to.
"He has called ambulances.
"He has been inside (and outside) operating theatres for hours.
"He has had to bring up our son as a single parent for the first month+ of his life.
"He has slept on the hard floor of the hospital for a week. (I didn’t realise that he would sneak off to the chapel in the middle of the night to pray)… and that’s before things even got bad
"Then he had to come home and organise the entire house whilst looking after a newborn because it was still pretty much a building site.
"He has coordinated my whole family so that they could come and visit me and minimise the stress.
"He has had to look after me and the baby for the first few weeks of me arriving home because I haven’t been able to look after myself.
"He has showered me, Injected me, Changed sanitary towels, Washed my hair, Cooked for me, Cleaned the house, Done every food shop, Had MANY sleepless nights looking after the baby (sometimes colicky), Driven me to the ambulatory care department for daily drips
"Not to mention the fact he kindly brought the baby to the hospital to visit me everyday when I was an impatient so we could bond (even though I was too out of it/hyper vigilant to be able to)
"He never complains. And he’s still doing the LION’S share of the work between the two of us. Ryan I commend you. I don’t know many men who would be able to handle this situation with such grace and fortitude.
"You are my rock and I’m so sorry for what you’ve been through."