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Updated 04 June 2019

Cancer-stricken bride weds father of her children from hospital bed

Toni was in the early stages of her second pregnancy when she found a lump in her neck.

An Australian mom battling cancer has tied the knot to her childhood sweetheart from her hospital bed in ICU hours before undergoing surgery.

Toni Carroll (25) and Jesse Welsh (23) got married in The Alfred hospital’s chapel in Melbourne last week Thursday, surrounded by family and friends, the Daily Mail reports.

The couple got engaged five years ago but they haven’t been able to afford their dream wedding because their savings went towards raising their daughters, Amelia (3) and Madisyn (5 months).

Toni was in the early stages of her second pregnancy when she found a lump in her neck. Shortly after Madisyn’s birth Toni was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and potentially fatal heart failure.

Jesse was determined to fulfill his dream of marrying Toni despite the grim diagnosis, so 150 hospital staff members jumped into action to help make the special day possible, Praticalparenting.com reports.

The 25-year-old, who’s battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma and heart failure, was wheeled down the aisle of the hospital ward to wed the father of her two children.

The pair exchanged heart-warming vows shortly before Toni went into major heart surgery – which she survived, against all odds..

“From where we started five weeks ago, I was told I’d only have five to 10 days with her. Now we’re married and I can’t ask for anything more,” Jesse says. 

“It’s so beautiful. Honestly I thought it was going to be small and then it exploded with all this love from everyone. It was perfect, I loved it,” Toni said about her wedding. 

Toni is recovering from her heart surgery in ICU.

Sources: Daily Mail, praticalparenting.com

Image credit: Supplied

 

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