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Boy gets adorable group hug from his friends after he returns to school from the hospital

Owing to a virus that hospitalized his twin brother, Ethan Blicher, from Rockville, Maryland, had not gone to school for about two weeks.

Boy gets adorable group hug from his friends after he returns to school from the hospital
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Young children in school really bond with each other, forming an entire family outside their natal family. When one of the students misses school, it can be hard for the other classmates to go about school without missing their classmates. That's what happened to a young 4-year-old's classmates when he missed school for about 2 weeks.

Owing to a virus that hospitalized his twin brother, Ethan Blicher, from Rockville, Maryland, had not gone to school for about two weeks. When he returned, he received the warmest welcome back to class! When he returned to preschool, he was greeted with a sweet surprise: a group hug from his classmates. The sweet video of his classmates rushing to welcome him was captured by his mother Jamie Blicher and posted to Instagram. When tiny Blicher returned to his Maryland preschool, he was greeted immediately by his happy, welcoming classmates who formed a whole line to come and hug him one by one.



 

 

In the video, Ethan is seen walking into his preschool when a girl spots him and runs toward him to hug him. Following suit, another young boy comes running to just wrap up the classmate in his arms. All his classmates ran up to him then, hugging the boy and welcoming him back.

The boy's mother shared the video, with the caption, "These children are amazing. Can’t wait to see what they do when Bennett comes back to school!" Ethan and his twin brother Bennett have a mitochondrial disorder, which makes them more susceptible to infection, Jamie told Fox News. "Bennett and Ethan were both diagnosed with the same very rare mitochondrial disease this year," she said in an interview. Jamie shares that both of her sons got sick with a virus in early October, which landed Bennett in the hospital for weeks. "Ethan recovered quickly, but Bennett had a harder time fighting the infection," she said.



 

In two weeks, Ethan was able to recover at home. He stated that he wanted to return to school and play with his buddies. "Going back to school provided Ethan with the friendships and playmates he so needed," she said.

Jamie shared that Ethan was greeted with excitement from both his teachers and his classmates when he went back. "The children in class [had] been reading books about a friend going to the hospital," she said. While Bennett recovers, the mom shared that the classmates have been so supportive that they're writing letters for him, wishing for his recovery. "They have been making ‘feel better’ videos and writing letters to Bennett," she said. 

Source: Instagram
Source: Instagram

 

Bennett will remain in the hospital for at least three more weeks as his body recovers. Each of the boys' daily side effects from the sickness is different, according to Jamie. The boys, Jamie shares, are social, emotional, and bright and they enjoy all the traditional activities that four-year-old children do.  A couple of days ago, Jamie shared photos of the two in the hospital as Ethan went down to visit his brother and offer him cuddles.

Jamie claimed that absorbing all of the health information regarding their boys has been difficult for her and her husband Brian this year. "We are learning as much as we can, taking the advice of experts, seeking therapy to process together, and enjoying our amazing, beautiful, and perfect four-year-olds," she said.



 

 

The video is getting a lot of love on social media, with over 388,000 views on Instagram and thousands of comments of love from Jamie's followers. User @_angie_jackson shares, "If only adults would learn what children are trying to teach." Another user, @chrystal.miller, shares, "pure hearts. So much love and compassion at this age. I wish adults would share this."

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