Hull gran defies predictions to dance the night away at granddaughter's wedding

Doreen enjoying her granddaughter's wedding in Marbella, Spain.
-Credit: (Image: Rhea Cross / SWNS)


A grandmother danced the night away at her granddaughter's wedding, defying doctors' predictions that she wouldn't live to see the day.

Doreen Cooke, 93, has been battling aortic stenosis, a heart condition that restricts blood flow, for several years. Despite being told last year that no treatment or operation could help her, Doreen beat the odds and attended the wedding in Marbella, Spain.

Her granddaughter, Rhea Cross, 27, described her as "the life and soul of the party." Doreen travelled to Marbella on Thursday, June 25 and stayed for the week-long celebrations.

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Despite her limited mobility, Doreen was seen dancing through a crowd of family and friends and even singing into the karaoke microphone. A photo even shows Doreen snoozing by the beach the next day after enjoying the festivities.

Granddaughter Rhea, a beauty therapist from Hull, East Yorkshire, said: "It was so wonderful having her there for the entire trip. Especially knowing the doctors didn't think she'd make it."

She added: "She was living her best life all night and really became the life and soul of the party."

Doreen enjoying her granddaughter's wedding in Marbella, Spain.
Doreen enjoying her granddaughter's wedding in Marbella, Spain. -Credit:Rhea Cross / SWNS

Following her return to the UK, Doreen required two blood transfusions and is now recuperating at home in Hull. She expressed, "It was fantastic. I loved it."

She added, "My favourite part was watching my granddaughter get married after being worried I wasn't going to make it."

Recounting her fondness for Marbella, she mentioned, "I've always loved Marbella it was so nice to see everyone together."

The trip clearly had a significant impact on her, as she confessed, "I really enjoyed myself."