Nurse in New York ‘marries’ 4-year-old leukemia patient

NEW YORK (KUSI) – A nurse in Albany, New York fulfilled the dreams of a 4-year-old leukemia patient by "marrying" her at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancers on Thursday.

The little girl had developed a crush on her male nurse, Matt Hickling, and wanted to get married. 

Hickling posted the following entries on his Facebook page. (Entries edited for story) 

"So typically I do not post anything in regards to work because of HIPAA and violating any patient rights … but my patients mother gave me permission to post this and tell the story.

7/15/15 – My patients mother reached out to me saying they were looking forward to coming to 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 … 

7/16/15 – I got "married" to my patient in front of most of the Melodies Center staff, my patients mother and others lucky enough to be around observing. She was walked in over rose petals, and given away by her mother. We had fantastic bridesmaids, Dr. Jennifer Pearce was our incredible officiant and Kevin Feisthamel was our ring bearer. 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! 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."

Hickling said the little "bride" stated that it was the best day ever and loved twirling around in her beautiful dress, veil and bouquet. 

More information about the special day can be viewed on the "Amazing Abby" page. 

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