4-Year-Old Leukemia Patient “Marries” Her Favorite Nurse

Indrani Sengupta
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the most adorable union of all time, so much so that we could just shut down the Internet right now.

You’ve likely come across several bittersweet accounts of hospital wedding ceremonies, made necessary by illness, and giving a whole new meaning to “in sickness and in health.”

4-year-old cancer patient 'marries' nurse at New York hospital

But this little tike’s happy nuptials are all sweetness. Hold the bitter.

A few weeks ago, four-year old Abby, who had been undergoing treatment for leukemia at Melodies Center for Childhood Cancers in Albany, New York, informed her mother that she was getting married.

Nurse 'marries' 4-year-old cancer patient in hospital ceremony

Her mother (presumably trying very hard not to giggle) asked her who the lucky boy was, upon which Abby declared the name of her true love and groom-to-be: her nurse, Matt Hickling.

Matt Hickling

“They have always had a great connection, since the beginning of her [diagnosis].”

We’re not sure if Matt was told, at this point, that he was due for the altar. But Abby’s mother quickly texted him to let him know that his bachelor days were over.

“We’re planning a wedding tomorrow.”

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Matt went to work planning the wedding, with other members of the hospital staff pitching in. 24 hours to arrange a wedding ceremony may sound like a bride’s nightmare. Thankfully, Abby is neither picky eater nor bridezilla.

Four-year-old cancer patient 'marries' favourite nurse after he organises her dream wedding

And in no time at all, the big day was here. The hospital room was decked out in flowers, and all the clinic staff were gathered.

Hospital Throws 'Wedding' for 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient

The bride wore an angelic pink-white gown, veil and crown, while the groom was dressed to the nines in dapper tuxedo t-shirt.

Girl With Cancer, 4, 'Marries' Her Favorite Hospital Nurse

Rings (well, ring pops) were exchanged.

4-year-old cancer patient Abby 'marries' her favorite nurse

And, like at all good parties, there was cake.

Watch a 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient

Some of the cake ended up on faces.

“Our patient shyly asked me to marry her. I didn’t hesitate to say yes.”

So was the wedding a success? Let’s ask the bride herself.

“This is the best day ever.”


So today I got to help make a 4 year old leukemia patient's "wedding" to her favorite nurse Matt Hickling happen at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancers at AMC. Thanks to Scott Wright and the team at the Enchanted Garden for donating your time and amazing flowers and to everyone at AMC that helped pull this together in less than 24 hours. You people are amazing. THIS is why we go into nursing.

Posted by Lori Ciafardoni on Thursday, July 16, 2015

Here’s wishing both Matt and Abby many more "best days ever" to come. 

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