When 30-year-old nurse Matt Hickling met 4-year-old leukemia patient Abby, he was immediately drawn to her. The two became very close and eventually developed an extremely strong connection.
Abby was so smitten with Matt that one day she told her mother that she wanted to marry the 30-year-old nurse. At first, Abby’s mother laughed it off, but when her daughter continued to insist that she wanted to marry Matt, her mother decided to text him and tell him. Matt was surprised but honored to hear the news.
Less than a day later, Matt came up with a plan with fellow hospital staff to give Abby exactly what she wanted: the wedding of her dreams.
When Matt found out that Abby had told her mother she wanted to marry him, he asked for her permission to write about it on Facebook.
Abby’s mother granted him permission to talk about it on Facebook, and Matt wrote a touching update.
“My patient’s mother reached out to me saying they were looking forward to coming to [the] clinic. Mainly because her daughter, one of the patients I’ve had the honor of taking care of in clinic, was looking forward to marrying me,” the Facebook post read.
“This took me by surprise AND also caused me to run to the office of Courtney Hill and Angie Eckles Silipigno! These two IMMEDIATELY went into planning mode to make things happen,” Matt continued.
As soon as Matt heard about Abby’s wish, he and staff at the hospital rushed to make arrangements to make the little girl’s dream come true.
Matt and countless hospital staff members created an aisle with rose petals on the floor in the middle of a hospital room and even prepared a bouquet and a white dress for Abby to wear.
The hospital staff members even enlisted doctors and nurses to be bridesmaids. They also enlisted other staff members to be the officiant and ring bearer.
Abby was given away by her mother. She walked down the aisle in her white dress with her bouquet and approached her husband-to-be.
“Our patient shyly asked me to marry her. I didn’t hesitate to say yes, I got a HUGE hug and we sealed the deal with ring pops being placed on our fingers,” Matt wrote in his Facebook post about the special day.
“We then took a stroll down the hall in our ‘Just Married’ car (well I pushed) and headed back into the room for cake and photos,” he continued.
“Our patient stated ‘this is the best day ever’ while hopping around in her beautiful dress, veil and phenomenal bouquet.”
“All staff signed a photo of my patient and [me]—which was framed and given to her as a wedding gift.”
Even though the wedding was a makeshift one, Abby was as happy as can be. Her mom even posted a Facebook update about it on Abby’s Facebook page, Amazing Abby.
“All week Abby had been telling me that she was getting married this week. I asked her to who and of course she said, Matt. They have always had a great connection since the beginning,” she wrote.
“I know the people at the Melodies Center and know their creativity and thoughtfulness but never expected all of this. Abby’s response…’This is the best day ever!’ We are both in awe from today’s visit and smiling ear to ear.”
This touching story has since gone viral, and thanks to the amazing staff at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer, a little girl, and her mother will have a memory that will last a lifetime.