A Dying Mum Was Able to Prepare 17 Years Worth of Birthday and Christmas Gifts for Her Daughter, Before She Passed Away
A mum, who lost her battle with cancer last week, was able to organise 17 years of Christmas and Birthday gifts, for her 1 year old daughter.
Elisa Girotto, found out she had breast cancer, on the day her daughter was born, on August 21 last year.
The 40-year-old from Spresiano, northeast Italy, married her husband, Alessio Vincenzotto following the diagnosis, as she was told she didn’t have long to live.
Elisa was able to experience one Christmas and one Birthday with her only daughter, Anna.
Despite the grim diagnosis, Elisa told La Repubblica : “Our life started to run on two tracks: joy for the birth of a daughter and a battle against a terrible disease.”
The bank manager was on a race against time to organise 17 years’ worth of Birthday and Christmas presents for Anna.
Mr Vincenzotto, Elisa’s grieving husband, shared how books, toys and dolls were especially chosen for Anna’s younger years.
For Anna’s 13th Birthday, her first jewel was purchased and for her 14th Birthday, a ‘secret diary’.
Elisa put a lot of thought into Anna’s 18th Birthday present, choosing a world globe with pins, marking destinations Elisa recommended her daughter visit.
Each gift has a recorded message, and two exercise books were left with motherly guidance for her daughter.
Mr Vincenzotto explained about the gifts, “Elisa ordered them all over internet. We had to do everything before she left us.”
Anna wasn’t the only one to receive future gifts and messages. Elisa was able to leave letters hidden over the home she shared with her husband, for him to discover.
In the last letter, Elisa asked her husband to take Anna with him, wherever he was going so that her daughter would “follow your example, because I trust you.”
The heartbreaking story shows the depth of a mum’s love for her children. Elisa’s actions will leave a lasting legacy on her daughter. What an incredibly, beautiful mum.
RIP Elisa. x Our condolences go out to Alessio Vincenzotto and Anna on the passing of their much loved wife and mother.