A young father got to fulfill his final wish – to marry his girlfriend – just hours before he died of lung cancer.
Gary Smart, 33, had hoped to wed his partner Laura next year, but the pair had to rush their plans forward after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last month.
‘After Gary was diagnosed with terminal cancer he told me he wanted to die a married man,’ explained Laura.
‘We thought we might have more time together but it wasn’t to be. Last Friday staff said it wouldn’t be long and they helped us organise our wedding.’
Unfortunately, Gary’s cancer was extremely aggressive and doctors told him that he had just days to live. So his loved ones sprung into action to help Gary fulfill his dream.
Photos show the pair exchanging rings and vows as Gary lay in his hospital bed, hooked up to machines to help him breathe.
The couple even laid out a buffet for guests to enjoy the ceremony.
‘We had about 25 people there. We said we should have done it years ago,’ said Laura.
Just seven hours after making the marriage official, Gary passed away with his new bride at his side.
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