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Brave Paris sees parents wed

PUBLISHED: 15:25 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:16 03 July 2010

HAPPY TOGETHER: Paris with her family at the wedding.

HAPPY TOGETHER: Paris with her family at the wedding.

A WEDDING is always an occasion to treasure, but when her mum and dad got married it was just that little bit more special for Paris Howell.

At first glance, Paris seems just like any other vivacious five-year old, but the brave Bradwell girl, faces the daunting prospect of a heart and lung transplant.

A WEDDING is always an occasion to treasure, but when her mum and dad got married it was just that little bit more special for Paris Howell.

At first glance, Paris seems just like any other vivacious five-year old, but the brave Bradwell girl, faces the daunting prospect of a heart and lung transplant.

Looking pretty as a picture in her bridesmaid's dress at mum Dawn and dad Jason's wedding it was hard to believe that Paris has already undergone a series of lifesaving operations.

Dawn, who works as senior team trainer at the Rainbow store in Bradwell and police constable Jason' tied the knot in Florida, the couple's favourite holiday destination.

Sisters Olivia, 15, and Chelsie, 11, joined Paris as bridesmaids with two year old brother Samuel pageboy.

Paris was unwell during the trip but had recovered in time for the wedding, which took place at Cypress Grove Garden in Orlando. While in the sunshine state she also enjoyed meeting some famous cartoon characters at the famous Disney World theme park.

Born with a condition called Tricuspid Atresia Paris has a valve missing from the right side of her heart and the ventricle is much smaller than normal.

In September, Paris started at Woodlands Primary School, where she has already made many friends

Dawn said: “Paris needs to go to Great Ormond Street Hospital to have a leaking valve repaired that will delay the transplant. Her lungs have been damaged because the pressure on them is so great they will need to be replaced.

“She is a very brave girl and looked so lovely in her dress at our wedding. She loves school too and is coping with it well considering she can't do all the things other children do.”


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