A family said a sad goodbye to their ‘princess’ with a pink funeral.
Little Sienna McNie lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, April 17, passing away at the family’s Polmont home.
The brave three-year-old was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain tumour.
After nine months in Edinburgh Sick Children’s Hospital, the family brought her back to their Kenmore Avenue house to enjoy her last days.
The tot wasn’t expected to make her third birthday in March but surprised doctors with her courage to keep fighting.
Dad Scott (39) and mum Llana (45) think bringing her home extended her life and now want to raise awareness of palliative home care.
Scott said: “We have no doubt in our minds that bringing her home encouraged her to live longer.
“She lasted 14-and-a-half weeks at home after leaving hospital, and the doctors said they had never heard of anyone at Sienna’s stage of cancer living so long.”
Brothers Jourdan (15) and Nathan (12), both pupils at Graeme High School, have been strong throughout their sister’s ordeal at home.
Llana said: “The boys have been great and Jourdan even managed to get up at the funeral and read. I’m so proud of them.”
During Tuesday’s funeral ceremony the family, including Danielle (18) and Martyn (22), children from the couple’s previous relationships, released 150 pink balloons - Sienna’s favourite colour.
Her devastated mum said: “Sienna was such a girlie girl and loved pink, glitter and princesses.
“We were very open with her and told her that one day she would be a little angel and asked her how she would like her funeral to be. We know everything was as she would have wanted.”
Sienna received visits from doctors and nurses as well as daily morphine injections from her dad which were increased every day to help her cope with the pain. The brave girl would carry on as normal, playing on her trampoline and watching her favourite television shows on Cebeebies.
The confident toddler managed to fit lots into her last weeks - going on family day trips and enjoying life despite her cancer.
She became a real-life princess for a day in February when Carriages for All Occasions picked her up in a carriage and took her to Callendar House for tea.
Llana said: “I’ll obviously never see her get married so that day was very special. The Enchanted Rooms gave her a beautiful dress and Tom Collins gave us an album of photos. It’s something we will cherish forever.”
The family plans to launch a charitable trust in Sienna’s memory with the aim of increasing awareness of palliative care for children at home.