好暖心!英國患癌女童“嫁給”好友 辦童話婚禮


ANN@The China Post

Many people dream of getting married, but for one terminally ill girl, it really was her dying wish. 很多人都夢想著走進婚姻殿堂,但對一位身患絕症的女孩兒來說,這的確是她臨終前的遺願。

Five-year-old Eileidh Paterson from Forres, Scotland, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that develops in nerve tissues, at the age of two. 來自蘇格蘭弗裡斯的5歲女孩艾理斯-派特森在2歲時被確診患上神經母細胞瘤,這是一種罕見的兒童期神經組織腫瘤。

Under 100 children in the UK are affected each year according to the NHS, and the cause is unknown. Neuroblastoma makes up about eight percent of the total number of children’s cancers, according to Macmillan cancer support. 根據英國國民健康服務體系的資料,英國每年有不到100名兒童確診患上此病,病因尚不清楚。麥克米倫癌症援助組織稱,神經母細胞瘤占兒童患癌總數的大約8%。

When Eileidh and her family discovered her cancer was terminal, she set about writing a list of everything she wanted to do. 當艾理斯和她的家人發現她的病情已進入末期,她寫下了一份遺願清單。

“When we were told in February that any treatment now would just prolong her life and that ultimately she wouldn’t survive, we decided to make a bucket list of things she would love to do and make as many memories as possible,” Eileidh’s mother, Gail Paterson, told CBS News. 艾理斯的母親蓋爾-派特森告訴哥倫比亞廣播公司新聞頻道說:“今年2月,醫生告訴我們如今任何的治療都只能延長她的生命,最終還是無法挽救她的生命,我們決定列一份遺願清單,把她想做的事情都列出來,盡可能多地保留一些回憶。”

A trip to Disneyland Paris, painting her bedroom pink and visiting the zoo all feature, but perhaps the sweetest of all was Eileidh’s top wish: to marry her best friend, six-year-old Harrison Grier. 艾理斯的遺願清單包括,去巴黎迪士尼樂園旅行,把臥室塗成粉色,動物園深度遊等等,但也許最甜美的是她的頭號心願:與最好的朋友、6歲的哈里森-格里爾結婚。

And he was just as keen: “Harrison has said for over a year that he was going to marry her,” Paterson said. “He even ‘borrowed’ one of his mum’s rings to give to her.” 哈里森也有同樣的心願。派特森說:“哈里森已經說要娶她說了一年多了,他甚至還問自己的媽媽借了一枚戒指給她。”

“The two of them just have this magical bond,” Harrison’s mother Stephanie Grier said. “Harrison has always said that he loves her and that he wanted to marry her.” 哈里森的母親斯蒂芬妮-格里爾說:“他倆關係很奇妙,哈里森常說愛她,想要娶她。”

The ceremony took place on June 18 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, and was organised in just a month by Zara Grant, the managing editor of children’s entertainment company, Love Rara. 這場婚禮於6月18日在亞伯丁會展中心舉行,兒童娛樂公司愛啦啦的主編紮拉-格蘭特花了一個月操辦這場婚禮。

Eileidh was walked into the room by her older brother, Callum, to the sound of Disney’s When You Wish Upon a Star. 艾理斯在哥哥卡勒姆的陪伴下走進殿堂,迪士尼卡通片的主題曲《當你向星星許願》回蕩在空中。