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Heartwarming Act: Sisters Get Tattoos to Mirror Sibling’s Surgery Scars



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  • Mimi Brulé, an 18-year-old with cerebral palsy from Davidson, North Carolina, underwent intensive surgery on her right arm, which left her with several visible scars. Her three sisters displayed a profound act of love and solidarity by getting matching tattoos of Mimi’s scars.
  • Despite initial nervousness, the eldest sister, Camille, and the other sisters, Claire and Tess, found empowerment and a sense of unity in the tattoos, which they consider one of their best decisions.
  • Their mother, Jennifer, though typically not a fan of tattoos, was deeply moved by her daughters’ demonstration of unity and support for Mimi. Mimi herself was touched by the gesture, feeling supported and connected with her sisters in an extraordinary way.

In the small town of Davidson, North Carolina, the bond between four sisters was tested and ultimately strengthened in a most unusual and inspiring way.

Among the Brulé sisters, twins Mimi and Tess, 18, share a special bond.

Mimi has cerebral palsy, a condition resulting from a stroke at birth that left her without the use of her right arm.

In a recent effort to improve her mobility, doctors performed an intensive surgery on her arm, cutting 70 percent of the nerves and leaving her with several visible scars.

Initially, Mimi grappled with accepting her new physical appearance.

“Like any major change, it takes a while to get used to,” Mimi tells PEOPLE.

“There’s no back button. It is a lot of trying to accept my new normal and the way it looks.”


That’s when her sisters stepped in with a profound display of solidarity and love.

Camille, the eldest sister at 23, led the charge.

“I always try and think what can I do to lighten her load when I see Mimi in pain, what can I do to show I’m in unity with her through these surgeries,” Camille explains.

The answer: matching tattoos.

Camille, along with Claire, 25, and Tess, decided to get inked with an exact replica of Mimi’s scars.

The sisters admit they aren’t the tattooing types, but they all agreed to this powerful symbol of unity.


They each received the tattoo on their wrists, an exact red line that matches Mimi’s.

Camille, initially a “nervous wreck,” found a new sense of empowerment in her tattoo.

“I think it’s the best decision I’ve ever made … it means so much to me,” she says.

In a touching show of support, the sisters decided to take it a step further, each getting a second tattoo that mirrored another of Mimi’s scars.

“We all went for the obvious ones, the ones you could see more noticeably,” Camille notes.

Tess, emotionally teary-eyed, acknowledged the weight of Mimi’s struggle.


“I knew how much it was weighing on her so I knew how much a sign of solidarity would mean to her and change her view of her own scars on her own body. At least I hope so.”

Their mother, Jennifer, though not usually a tattoo fan, was deeply touched by her daughters’ demonstration of love and unity.

“When they told me, I started crying, it’s just so beautiful.”

Now, Mimi looks at her sisters’ arms and sees her own mirrored in their tattoos.

“I feel totally supported,” she adds.

“It’s very touching.”


In every way, the Brulé sisters have proven that true sisterhood is more than skin deep.