Samoan twins' video goes viral

A Facebook video of a pair of Samoan twins, Joella and Joanna Lee-Lo, supporting each other after a leukaemia diagnosis has gone viral after touching hearts around the world. 

Two days after the video was posted on Joella’s Facebook account, it had gained more than nine million views by late Monday.

“On [6] April, my beautiful twin sister Joanna was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia cancer. As devastating the news was, my sister had to start her treatments straight away but because of lockdown, she had to do it all alone in hospital without her family there to hold her hand and wipe her tears when she needed it,” Joella wrote.

“The only contact we had with her was through video calls and messages. It was a hard time for my family and I but especially for my sister. But through it all, she was brave and so strong and she knew God and Grandpa [were] there with her every step of the way.”

The video shows Joella Lee-Lo shaving her head on Saturday in solidarity with her twin sister Joanna Lee-Lo who is battling leukaemia.

The video, which is only a little more than three minutes long, shows the sisters seated in a family room, surrounded by their grandmother and family members, who wipe away tears as they offer kisses and hugs to the twins before their hair is shaved.

“[Joanna] had the support of our entire family too who prayed for her day and night, especially our Nana Tinei Fia Lee-Lo,” said Joella.

“Today she decided to show just how brave and strong she was by shaving her head so treatments could be easier. I couldn’t let her go through with it alone so I decided we’ll do it together just like everything else we’ve done together in this life. I love you so much, my beautiful sister. You are a fighter and we’ll fight this battle together.”

The video was posted last Saturday. 


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