Paige was like any other adorable four-year-old girl.
She couldn’t wait to be a flower girl at her parents wedding.
Then suddenly tragedy struct. Paige was diagnosed with brain cancer and given just days to live.
Little Paige went from counting down the days to her mom and dad’s wedding – to fighting for her life.
Her devastated aunt, Innez Stonnell, wanted to make Paige’s dream of becoming a flower girl a reality. So she planned a beautiful wedding at her hospital in just 24 hours.
The night was truly magical for Paige and her family. It was a night they could just focus on just being together, after having their world turned upside down.
‘Paige was a happy and healthy four-year-old girl when she was suddenly struck by terrible headaches two months ago.’
‘She would scream in pain while she was playing,’ Innez told Daily Mail Australia. ‘We now know that was from the tumour.’
When Paige’s mother Tania Miller took her daughter to the emergency room she was assured her child was simply experiencing a headache.
But Tania was extremely worried as Paige’s face had started to drop.
Doctors booked Paige for a CT scan in a couple of months.
But just a few weeks later, Paige was struck by a terrible headache once again.
But this time her face dropped even more noticeably.
Her father Jacob Skarratts immediately took Paige back to the emergency room. This time a pediatrician on call booked little Paige for a CT scan for the next day.
‘That was the day that changed our lives,’ Innez said.
The scan showed that Paige had a tumour the size of a lemon.
The four-year-old was taken to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane for surgery.
‘They were unable to remove the whole mass, and found out that she is terminal,’ Innez said.
Her parents decided to start Paige on chemotherapy last week in the hope of prolonging her life. But the brave little girl reacted badly to the treatment.
‘Paige was vomiting and was really sick,’ Innez recalled.
‘They took her back to the hospital, where they were told that the tumor had grown back a little bigger than it was before, and she had fluid and blood on her brain.’
Tragically, Paige was then given only a week or two to live.
The inconsolable parents knew they wanted to get married before they lost their little girl.
So Innez decided to prepare a wedding they could all cherish forever.
‘Something that they had wanted to do for so long was get married, and they couldn’t bear the thought of Paige not being there,’ Innez explained.
‘So I offered to help them and got started straight away!’
Innez asked the hospital for permission, found a celebrant, and picked up a wedding dress for Tania.
A close friend of Innez’s sister made the cake, and a mom from Paige’s kindergarten organized the music and decorations.
The entire wedding cost $1,000.
Little Paige is still battling on, and the family have raised more than $74,000 for her medical treatment on GoFundMe.