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  • 24 December 2013, 4:55

Delaney Brown Gets Christmas Wish For Carols

A terminally ill girl has been granted one of her final wishes after thousands of people gathered to sing Christmas carols outside her home.

Eight-year-old Delaney Brown, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in May, has been given only days to live by her doctors.

Family members and other supporters have spent the last few weeks trying to grant as many of her wishes as possible.

On Friday - her eighth birthday - Delaney known as Laney chatted via video with singer Taylor Swift.

Over the weekend, the streets around the Brown home in West Reading, Pennsylvania, were full of people singing Jingle Bells, Silent Night, and Joy to the World.

A dedicated "Team Laney" Facebook page has more than 45,000 followers.

An update on the website said: "As jingle bells and other carols were being sung for Laney she was surrounded by nurses and paramedics assessing her breathing.

"The paramedics checked her oxygen level which ended up being okay. She still requires oxygen otherwise her levels drop very fast."

Some people even rearranged their holiday plans to attend the impromptu concert.

Carol singer Renee Kirkland-Hinton told WTXF TV: "I was actually supposed to be leaving to go out of town yesterday.

"I changed my plans just to be here tonight, just to be of support and be prayerful for the family."

James Lally said: "I couldn't even put myself in that situation to understand the devastation.

"I couldn't imagine losing one of my own."

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