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US woman with cancer gets married in hospital hours before her death

A 31-year-old woman who was diagnosed with cancer got married dressed in her wedding gown and lying in bed wearing an oxygen mask in a hospital in Hartford in Connecticut.

world Updated: Jan 03, 2018 12:24 IST
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A woman with cancer got married just a day before she died.(REUTERS / Representative Photo)

A woman fighting breast cancer got married at a hospital 18 hours before she died.

Heather Mosher was dressed in her wedding gown and lying in bed wearing an oxygen mask as she and David Mosher said “I do” on December 22 at St Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. A photo shows her raising both her arms in the air in an apparent display of triumph.

The 31-year-old school psychologist died the next day.

The East Windsor couple fell in love after meeting at a swing dancing class in 2015. David Mosher told news organisations that on the day he planned to propose to her on December 23, 2016, she was diagnosed with cancer. But he decided to go through with the proposal that night as they rode a horse-drawn carriage.

“I said to myself, ‘She needs to know she’s not going to go down this road alone,’“ he told WFSB-TV.

Despite surgeries and chemotherapy, the aggressive form of cancer spread and she had to be put on a ventilator. They set a wedding date of December 30, 2017, but doctors urged them to do it sooner and they moved up the date.

On the day of the wedding, family and friends worked together to get Heather Mosher into her gown and a wig. The couple exchanged vows in the hospital’s chapel.

David Mosher said some of his wife’s final words were her vows.

“It was just like surreal because I’m supposed to be exchanging vows to her and here I am saying goodbye,” he told ABC News.

Her funeral was held on December 30, the original date of the wedding.

First Published: Jan 03, 2018 08:32 IST