Real-life China doll who defied odds to walk down the aisle dies as heartbroken husband recalls final moments together
TRIBUTES have poured in to a real life ‘China doll’ who died aged 35 – four years after defying odds to marry the love of her life.
Rebecca Dinsdale proved doctors who said she would never be able to stand wrong when she walked down the aisle to marry partner Norman.
But the 35-year-old died suddenly on Sunday by Norman’s side only three days after their wedding anniversary.
Her husband, mum and dad have paid emotional tributes to the brave “perfect woman” who “never let anything hold her back.”
Heartbroken Norman, 39, recalled their final moments together – eating fruit pastilles and cuddling before they kissed and bid each other goodnight.
Rebecca was tragically found dead just hours later as the couple travelled on a ferry from Liverpool to Northern Ireland where they lived.
Her parents said the death was unexpected but had no links to brittle bone disease, which Rebecca was diagnosed with as a baby.
Docs said that she was unlikely to live past the age of two.
The condition meant that she suffered hundreds of fractures during her lifetime, some triggered by something as simple as a sneeze.
Her parents, Andrew and Patsy Dixon, affectionately nicknamed her “china doll” because of the disease.
They were bursting with pride when dad Andrew walked the bride down the aisle on her big day – without her zimmer-frame.
Groom Norman was shocked, having expected to greet his bride in her wheelchair, and guests were moved to tears when she stood up in the arms of her husband.
Mum Patsy, 65, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, said yesterday: “Rebecca was the bubbliest, kindest, bravest person I have ever known.
“She was my hero and would do anything for anybody. She proved everyone wrong by walking and living on because she had that determination.”
Norman, who met his sweetheart Rebecca in 2005 through MSN messenger, said that he will remember the final night as “lovely.”
He added: “We munched on fruit pastilles and cuddled before going to sleep in our cabin.
It was lovely really, very comfortable going to sleep with her like that as it always is.”
He called for help when he woke up, realising that something was wrong.
He added that he was so “grateful” for those who came to their aid, including off-duty doctors, but that it was “unfortunately it was too late for Rebecca.”
Dad Andrew, 56, paid tribute to his inspirational daughter, who would meet people on the internet suffering from depression to comfort them.
He added: “Rebecca had a way about her – she could bring comfort to anyone feeling upset.
I love her so much and we would spend so much time together when she was young – I will cherish that for the rest of my life.”
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