Teenager stands up in sisters’ wedding from her hospital bed

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INDIANAPOLIS — It wasn’t the wedding Danielle Jones had pictured, but in every way it was even better.

“We’d been talking about it for a long time. We knew when the time got right, that we were going to do this,” Jones said.

That right time needed to happen fast, because Jones’ 19-year-old sister Gabby was dying. She was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer and it took a team at Riley Hospital for Children to make the last-minute wedding happen.

“A 19-year-old girl is not supposed to die. She’s supposed to stand up with her sister,” nurse Rachael Ringger said.

The girls’ dad walked Danielle down the aisle, as the two shared a special moment together.

“Our signal towards each other was always a thumbs up. When she was on the ventilator, she gave me a thumbs up to let me know she was okay. When I walked down the aisle and she gave me a thumbs up, it really was special,” Jones said.

Gabby lost her battle late Friday at a hospital close to home in Ft. Wayne. Her family, including Danielle, were there by her bedside.