Fa­ther’s heart­break­ing last dance with dy­ing baby girl

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Ben Ellery

ALONE on an empty dance­floor, a fa­ther dances ten­derly with his baby daugh­ter in a poignant mo­ment he will trea­sure for ever.

The scene is high on emo­tion, for this could be one of the very last times Kevin McGuire holds frag­ile Mil­lie. He knows his daugh­ter will die soon, and is de­ter­mined to make the most of ev­ery mo­ment they have to­gether.

Mil­lie, who turns two later this month, was born with brain dam­age and a bone dis­or­der, and her al­ready se­ri­ous con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated in May. So Kevin and his wife Mar­cia have vowed to make mem­o­ries while they can.

The mu­si­cians in the band Stone Foun­da­tion could barely hold back their tears for the emo­tional last dance, as fa­ther and daugh­ter swayed to their song Your Bal­loon Is Ris­ing, which Kevin of­ten sings to Mil­lie.

NHS worker Kevin, 51, said: ‘The one thing that does get to me is the knowl­edge I will never ever dance with Mil­lie at land­mark birthdays or her wed­ding. When I see videos of dads danc­ing with their daugh­ters at events, as lovely as it is, it kills me in­side. This is some­thing I’ll cher­ish for ever.’

Although Mil­lie is ex­pected to die soon, Kevin, from Hartle­pool, said: ‘You won’t see any sad tears drop­ping from our eyes. In her short time Mil­lie has given us only hap­pi­ness and love.’

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