Dad shares heartbreaking picture of daughter’s last eyelash during cancer fight

MELBOURNE, Australia (WCMH) — Andrew Brown shared the photo of his daughter’s last eyelash after months of her receiving cancer treatment.

“For the first week I was just in a daze muttering, ‘This isn’t my job, my job is helping the others,'” the father of four told TODAY.

Brown, of Melbourne, Australia, said his 7-year-old daughter, Hayley Brown, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer that caused a 2-inch tumor to form in the back of her nasal passage, back in June.

Andrew shared the picture of the lone eyelash on his Facebook page, with the quote, “That one last eyelash has been hanging on, on it’s own, for a few weeks now.”

“It was a bit of a heartbreaking moment when we realized they were all going,” said Brown. “When we noticed that one stayed…she fell asleep at the hospital after chemo had finished. I was a little emotional and just wanted to capture a photo of that one eyelash,” Andrew told TODAY.

Hayley’s tumor has almost completely disappeared, according to Andrew. At the time her dad spoke with TODAY, she was still undergoing preventative chemo. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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