Breast and brain cancer patient marries in heart-wrenching hospital chapel ceremony after her condition worsens
It wasn't the church wedding she had planned but time is not on Heather Taylor's side.
The breast cancer survivor, who is also now battling a brain tumour, married in a touching ceremony at St Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, on Sunday.
Nurses and medical staff watched the 26-year-old exchange vows with her boyfriend Jimmy New at the hospital chapel.
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Brave couple: Heather Taylor and Jimmy New met in February 2010 but by July she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer, which has now spread and worsened
While there was no wedding dress, Ms Taylor wore a T-shirt with the word 'bride' written across the front.
Her wheelchair was decorated with pink balloons and her nine-year-old son handed over a bouquet of flowers before his mother was taken into the chapel.
Mr New decided to propose after Ms Taylor had spent a particularly difficult week in the ICU unit, he told 9News.
Doctors had informed Mr New that the
brain tumour his girlfriend had been battling since last July had spread
to her spinal fluid.
True romance: Mr New had to lower the hospital bed before he could propose to his girlfriend, who wore a T-shirt with 'bride' written on the front for the ceremony
'I came in and lowered the bed down, so that I could get down on a knee, and do it the right way – and I asked her to marry me,' he said.
After some convincing, his future wife said yes.
'There's nobody I would rather spend the rest of my life with than the woman sitting right next to me,' said Mr New before the ceremony.
The couple met in February 2010. Later that year, in July, Ms Taylor was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.
She underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation but several months ago was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
After her experience, Ms Taylor started a non-profit charity called the Hope for Heather Foundation.