Poorly Colne girl has princess wish come

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A LITTLE girl from Colne who suffers from a rare heart condition had her wish come true when she became a princess for the day.

Like many seven year-old, Francesca McCaigue has always wanted to be a princess, and with the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation, she got to be just that.

Francesca and her family travelled to Thornbury Castle, Bristol, where she was treated like a princess. She had her nails and make-up done, before stepping into a pink flowing dress, shoes and a tiara.

She was then swept off in her own horse-drawn carriage before enjoying afternoon tea.

Francesca’s mum Nicola, of Birtwistle Avenue, said: “There were sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea - she loved pouring the tea out for everyone.”

After tea, Francesca played hide and seek in the town.

Nicola said: “Throughout the day she was treated like a princess, the waiters and waitresses even took to calling her Princess Francesca. She didn’t want to take her dress off when she got back home and has been asking us to take her back to ‘her castle’ ever since!”

When Francesca was days old, Nicola noticed she wasn’t feeding properly and, a month later, she was diagnosed with having a complex form of Pulmonary Atresia - problems with blood flow around the heart.

At eight weeks old, Francesca had to have a cardiac catheter test.

Nicola said: “In the first year of her life, Francesca was in and out of hospital very frequently.”

Francesca visits hospital twice a year now as they can only monitor how she is progressing. Her condition has recently started deteriorating but Nicola describes her as a “little fighter”.

Nicola said: “She’ll never forget her wish day, it meant the world after what she’s been through and I just want to say a big thank you to Make-A-Wish for making her dreams come true.”