Dad Walks Terminally Ill Daughter Down The Aisle

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The bond between a father and daughter is a special one. From the day a little girl is born, many fathers dream about the day they will get to walk their daughter down the aisle.


When Andy learned that his sixteen month old daughter, Poppy-Mai had a fatal brain tumour he realised that he will be missing out on so many beautiful moments with her, one being the wedding of her dreams.

Andy wasn’t going to let her lose out on this special moment.

Heartbreakingly, doctors have said that Poppy-Mai will not live for much longer, after an undiagnosed tumour on her kidney spread to her lung and brain.

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When the toddler was not eating and was in pain when walking, her parents took Poppy-Mai to see their GP, but her symptoms were put down to teething.

Poppy-Mai’s health started deteriorating though and after several misdiagnoses, further testing showed that she had malignant tumours in her kidney and lungs.

After a month of chemotherapy treatment, tests finally revealed the very rare, aggressive cancer had already spread to her brain. Without continuing any treatment, she was given just two days to live.


Her parents were heartbroken after the news and felt that they had already been robbed of precious time in hospital when she could have been home with her family.

That’s when they decided to take her home and they made sure that before she passed on, she was able to enjoy one last milestone – a wedding.

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They dressed her in a christening gown and Poppy-Mai was walked down the aisle by her two older brothers as she got to “marry” her father in an unrehearsed wedding.  Naturally, the entire family was in tears.


The family now cherishes every moment they have left with her, but they know the end is near.



  1. Diana

    April 14, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t understand people. How does this make any sense. It doesn’t benefit that child . It only makes the father feel good. What about the first day of school, first dance, first date, first prom and what if she didn’t want to get married. This seems pretty weird to me.

    • N2758

      April 15, 2016 at 9:42 am

      So what. Does it really matter. Do you have a little girl. With so little time left it made them feel good. Why want to take that away it wasn’t official but it brought joy

    • Samantha

      April 16, 2016 at 2:38 am

      Everyone has different feeling and different ideas opinions are opinions for a reason

  2. Samantha

    April 16, 2016 at 2:37 am

    I think it was a beautiful and touching idea my heart goes out to your daughter and your family

  3. Jenni

    April 16, 2016 at 5:10 am

    who are we to judge I am so incredibly blessed my daughter is happy and healthy my heart goes out to her and her family. Who cares what makes those moments a little less painful.

  4. Lila

    April 18, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Does anyone else find the idea that a little girl marrying her father as strange and creepy? Having 2 days to live and that is what the father decides to do? Not take her to the park but dress her up and marry her? That is very odd.

    • Mary

      April 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I agree…/ it’s disturbing….
      Husband and wife?? Like really what about everything else they will miss out on , first day of school, first everything’s… And they choose this ?! And the father is the husband?! Ok???!
      CPS comes to mind here.

  5. Michelle

    April 23, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Agreed with anyone that says this is weird.. This article made me scared because I have a baby and a son, the article made me feel sad for the baby and her family and then the last feeling was discomfort because the father was “marrying” his little toddler. I can have more than one feeling towards any given thing and one feeling doesn’t negate any other feelings and they don’t cancel out what my brain tells me and that’s that fathers don’t get married to their daughter, it’s innapropiate and maybe there could have been a better word for this and yeah it’s kind of gross

  6. Michelle D

    April 25, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I find this very odd as well. If my child only had two days to live, I would be doing something that made them happy, which would in turn make me happy.. Taking them to see their favorite character.. Getting them a balloon (my 2 yo literally lights up over a balloon).. And just lots of family around with hugs and kisses. My first thought would not be to have them get married.. Such an odd thing to do at that age, in my humble opinion.

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