‘It made the day so special’ - Brave cancer-fighting toddler Jesse Langford-Daley drives down the aisle at parents’ wedding
PUBLISHED: 07:53 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 07:53 18 May 2017
Driving down the aisle in his personalised red car, Jesse Langford-Daley certainly stole the show at his parents’ wedding.
The one-year-old page boy melted hearts as he arrived at the big day, giving his mothers Anneka and Michelle Langford-Daley their rings - which had been strapped to the side of his car - before they tied the knot.
The toddler, from Carbrooke, near Watton, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in February, but was allowed out of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to be guest of honour for the ceremony.
Accompanied by two nurses, the youngster, who has just started a course of chemotherapy, travelled 42 miles for the wedding at Tuddenham Mill, in Suffolk, and, after the disease left him too weak to walk, made his appearance in his customised car.
Anneka said: “It was so lovely and a really emotional moment. I’m sure it was quite a tiring day for him, coming straight from hospital, but he loves being around people and was in his element.
“We were so desperate to have him there and we’d have been heartbroken if we were getting married knowing he wasn’t with us, so it made the day so special.”
After the wedding, held at the end of April, Jesse had a second starring role at the reception - taking part in his mothers’ first dance to Yours, by Russell Dickerson.
Mrs Langford-Daley said: “From the very beginning the hospital knew about the wedding and they were doing their best to get him there.
“They were absolutely amazing, we couldn’t thank them enough or be more grateful for making it happen.”
Jesse, who was taken back to hospital later that night, was rushed to Addenbrooke’s for a seven-and-a-half-hour operation when he was diagnosed in February, with surgeons removing 95pc of the rare atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour.
The illness - a fast-growing cancer of the central nervous system - had already affected some of the nerves in his brain, and has left him unable to swallow or digest food himself.
Though the tot’s long-term prognosis us unknown, he has exceeded expectations so far - and doctors hope the chemotherapy will get rid of the tumour entirely.
The family are raising funds for Jesse here.
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