A grieving mum who shared an image of her dying daughter in the arms of her dad has explained why she posted the photo online.

Casey and Ben Daggett shared the image of their five-year-old, Zoey, cradled by her father as she listened to stories and music during her final hours at their home near New York, in the US.

Zoey was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour almost two years ago and had been visiting hospital fortnightly ever since.

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Ms Daggett has spoken out since the personal photo went viral last week to explain why she shared the gut-wrenching image.

“I shared it because even though it’s a painful moment, it’s a beautiful moment in our eyes,” the mother told MailOnline.

“It was a kind of peaceful moment for Ben and me. This is our reality and we wanted to show people every side of it.”

The couple had been documenting their daughter’s condition online via a Facebook page, Zoey’s Light, with friends and the community touched by her story. The photo of her last moments, taken by a nurse, was shared along with the caption:

“Zoey is going to be shared with the world. Her love and light have been abundant and we will continue to pay it forward and share love and light with the world”.

“Zoey was full of life, spunk and happiness and we know that she was loved by so many. We ask for your thoughts during this time of sadness,” her mother wrote online.

Our thoughts are with the family x

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  • So heartbreaking. I could never imagine having to go through losing a child.


  • Beautiful and heartbreaking


  • I understand this. When you lose a child you want others to acknowledge them.


  • So sad. Such a brave little soul. Children shouldn’t be allowed to get sick ☹️


  • Our thoughts are with the family!


  • Heartbreaking and so brave to share.


  • My condolences to the family. :-(


  • My heart goes out to this family. I don’t know if I’d have their strength if any of my children were ill. Rest In Peace now little one


  • Heartbreaking! RIP sweet one and huge condolences to the grieving parents x


  • I cannot imagine their grief – every sympathy.


  • Such a beautiful life cut short. RIP little Zoey. My heart goes out to her family


  • This just broke my heart. A picture really is worth 1000 words. I cannot even imagine going through this pain of seeing your child go through it.


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