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98-Year-Old Mother Moves to Retirement Home to Take Care of 80-Year-Old Son

Liverpool Echo

You never stop being a mother.  

80-year-old Tom Keating has lived with his 98-year-old mother, Ada Keating, for his entire life in Liverpool, England.

Ada and her late husband had four children: Tom, the eldest child, and three daughters, one who passed away at the age of 13.

"Ada's granddaughter Debi Higham and other members of the family are regular visitors to the care home on Page Moss Lane, and say they are happy Ada and Tom can be together again."Daily Mail

Tom never married and became a painter and decorator. His mother was an auxiliary nurse at a local hospital.

The mother and son are said to have a special bond and have always enjoyed each other's company.

But when Tom needed additional care and support in 2016, Tom had to move to a retirement home.

A year later, Ada’s unconditional love for her eldest child pushed her to move into the same care home to continue to look after him.

“I’m happy to see my mum more now she lives here.” Tom told Liverpool Echo. “She’s very good at looking after me. Sometimes she’ll say ‘Behave yourself!’”

Ada told reporters: “I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him.”

Ada said when she goes to the hairdresser, he waits for her patiently.

“When I get back he’ll come to see me with his arms outstretched and give me a big hug.”

Care home manager Philip Daniels told reporters: “It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time together as special as possible”.

Here's a video of Tom and Ada speaking about being together once again.

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