Hundreds join goodbye party for terminally ill girl of 14

A 14-year-old girl with a terminal wasting disease was crowned prom queen at a huge goodbye party after she decided to stop medical treatment and allow herself to die.

Jerika Bolen, from the US state of Wisconsin, has been left wheelchair-bound and almost totally paralysed by the genetic illness Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2, or SMA.

After fighting for years and undergoing multiple operations, she decided to stop fighting and come off the ventilator keeping her alive later this summer.

But first, she wanted a giant prom-style party to celebrate her life and say goodbye to her friends.

Hundreds of people from across the US joined the green-and-lime theme ball in Jerika's honour.

The teenager was even crowned prom queen by her friends in a night of celebrations and dancing.

Jerika said she was overcome by the response in comments to ABC affiliate WBay news.

It makes my heart explode. It’s so crazy that people want to come for little ol’ me. I’m nothing. >

Jerika Bolen

Jerika was first diagnosed with SMA at the age of eight months, her mother Jen Bolen wrote on a GoFundMe page for the night.

She said her daughter had enjoyed "many wonderful moments" but the pain had recently become too much for her to bear.

She has let me know now that she needs to be free of her broken body. She has a couple last wishes that I would love your help with. She wants a to have a "prom"...one night of music and dancing and fun. She wants a disco ball and black and lime green decor and to be surrounded by lots of friends she has been unable to see for a long time.

Jen Bolen

"After that she will come home and begin her journey to Heaven," she added on the page.

Well-wishers raised more than $30,000 to help give Jerika a night to remember.

Many came and joined the party - including her favourite social media star Richie Giese who flew in especially for the night.

Her mother told the local Post Crescent newspaper that it was "more than anybody could ever want or wish for — just a lot of love.”