Terminally Ill Wife Pursues Wedding In Hospital Bed In Her Last Few Days To Live
Maggie Batt-Rawden, 55, is diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Since then, the infection got worse and affected some parts of her lungs. Last year, she met her fiancé, Mark Batt-Rawden but with her diagnosis, they decided to speed up their engagement and finally got married even in the last few days of her life.
According to Daily Mail, Maggie's health has been deteriorating since last month. The worst came this week, when doctors announced that she just have a few days to live.
Mark then fixed an instant wedding and had called friends and family members for three hours informing them of the occasion. He also asked the hospital staff if a wedding is possible on November 21, a day after he made the calls.
"After we had been told on Friday evening that Maggie was unlikely to survive the weekend, I thought she might like to get married in the hospital the very next day."
As the preparation went on, Mark also asked Monty Steedman, the charge nurse on Albury Ward if the hospital can grant them access for some other rooms for the guests.
"I think we might be able to do a little better than that, give me a couple of minutes. He returned beaming and said that he would be able to clear an area for us to use as a wedding chapel," Monty told the news outlet.
The hospital staff together with Maggie's three children and other friends cooperate in setting up the place and in putting on the fairy lights, flowers as well as the setting up of the wedding cake.
"Everyone from the doctors to the hospital cleaners were involved in helping create a day to remember," Mark said.
Maggie was assisted by her children James, 24; Tim, 20 and Lizzie, 18 down the aisle. Mark's children were also there during the occasion.
As for Maggie, the surprise impromptu wedding made her very happy.
"The love and compassion showed by Monty and the Albury Ward Team and my family and friends allowed us to give everyone the opportunity to see me, perhaps for the last time, in a happy way where congratulations replaced goodbye," she said as mentioned in The Wedding Journal.
Earlier this year, Claire Fowler, a 26-year old, did not let her incurable cancer detour her dream wedding at the Doubletree Hilton in Chester.
With the help of friends, Claire and her husband Carl Farlin managed to raise £11,000 for their dream wedding before she started undergoing treatments, Mirror reported.