Dying Logan is best man at parents’ wedding

Looking dapper in a tiny tan pinstripe suit and orange shirt, a two-year-old boy with only weeks to live served as the best man for his parents’ Pennsylvania wedding.

Dying Logan is best man at parents’ wedding

Christine Swidorsky carried Logan Stevenson on her shoulder at the Saturday afternoon wedding in Jeannette, a suburb of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Logan stood with his grandmother, Debbie Stevenson, during a 12-minute ceremony uniting Logan’s mother and his father, Sean Stevenson. The boy has leukaemia and other complications.

“We’re married,” Swidorsky exclaimed joyously after kissing her groom to applause from family and friends.

After a whirlwind week, the couple tied the knot in a hastily arranged backyard ceremony that formalised their union and celebrated Logan’s life, which doctors say will be cut short soon by cancer.

The couple abandoned an original wedding date of Jul 2014 after learning from doctors late last month that their son had two to three weeks to live.

The couple wanted Logan to see them marry and to be in family photos.

Logan dozed off occasionally during the ceremony, nestled on his grandmother’s shoulder, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Debbie Stevenson said he is on medication to make him comfortable, but it also makes him sleepy.

Swidorsky’s mother died six years ago and her father died just two months ago.

Logan, who was born on Oct 22, 2010, was diagnosed shortly after his first birthday with acute myeloid leukaemia. He has Fanconi anemia, a rare disease that often leads to cancer.

He endured a stem cell transplant in Jul 2012. Last March, he underwent surgery to remove a kidney ravaged by a tumour.

During a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in June, Logan fell ill.

He was hospitalised in Florida before he was flown back to Pittsburgh.

During a trip to the emergency room last month, a test revealed a mass in his remaining kidney, which led to his terminal prognosis.

Logan is spending his remaining days at home, where he is being showered with attention from family members.

Swidorsky’s daughter, Isabella Johns, 13, served as bridesmaid, and the couple’s 1-year-old daughter Savannah was flower girl.

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