Liam cares for his brother Owen, who was born at 32 weeks and suffered brain damage that resulted in a multitude of disabilities. “I do what I can to help,” Liam says. “I play Lego with Owen, read stories with him, and help him get dressed and things. But I don’t feel like it’s a job because he is my brother, and I would do anything for him.”
I really don’t feel like I am doing anything extra for my brother as I know no different. I was only two years old when Owen was born and he was very sick and spent a long time in hospital. He has got a lot of disabilities, but to me, he is my brother.
Obviously, things changed as Mum and Dad had to spend a lot of time with Owen, and even now they have to take him to a lot of appointments. We have to do things differently as a family as Owen struggles to do a lot of things.
When Owen was younger, I did struggle with some things as Owen didn’t handle things like I did, and he would have these huge meltdowns. He didn’t like haircuts or loud noises. He falls over a lot. And I was little too – I didn’t understand what was happening – so my family and I wrote a little book with Owen drawing the pictures so we could all try and make sense of things.
I do what I can to help. I play Lego with Owen, read stories with him, and help him get dressed and things. But I don’t feel like it’s a job because he is my brother, and I would do anything for him.
It was nice to be recognised in the Young Carers Award. I plan to use my scholarship on my karate training, which I enjoy doing.
Find out more about the book that Liam and his family wrote here.