Terminally-ill bride who got married after being told she had just weeks to live beats odds to celebrate first wedding anniversaryKelly Bainbridge-Flor brought forward her wedding to Portuguese fiance Dino after learning she had just a week to liveOne year later they have celebrated their first anniversary
09:18 GMT, 20 August 2012
A woman who was last year told she had only a week to live has just celebrated her first wedding anniversary.
Kelly Bainbridge-Flor, 28, from Silksworth, Sunderland, had been so sick with brain cancer that doctors feared she would never be able to celebrate the milestone with her husband Dino.
After doctors last August told her she had only days left the couple brought forward their wedding amid fears they may never be able to tie the knot.
Happy couple: Kelly Bainbridge-Flor and her husband Dino Flor, who have just celebrated their first anniversary despite doctors telling Kelly a year ago she had just a week to live
They were married at St Benedict's Hospice in Monkwearmouth on August 18, 2011.
Miraculously, Mrs Bainbridge-Flor's health then improved
allowing the couple to enjoy a second ceremony the following week at St
Paul's church, Ryhope.
She said: 'It has been a really, really tough year for both of us, but we're looking forward to celebrating our anniversary.
'We're so grateful for the time we've had together – time we never thought we'd have.'
Mr Flor, 31, who is originally from Portugal, said: 'We are making the most of every second we have together.
'We know every moment is precious.
'Some people thought having to return
to the hospice after the church wedding must have felt depressing, but
they couldn't be more wrong.
'It is a place of warmth, comfort and support. The staff and volunteers are amazing.'
Tying the knot: The couple at their second wedding day at St Paul's Church in Ryhope, Tyne and Wear
Mrs Bainbridge-Flor was diagnosed with
breast cancer to years ago. After being treated with a course of
chemotherapy, she moved to Madeira, Portugal, where she met Mr Flor, a
As their relationship blossomed, she returned to the UK to have a double mastectomy to prevent the cancer returning.
Although she was then given the
all-clear, Mrs Bainbridge-Flor soon began suffering excruciating
headaches. A scan revealed that her cancer had spread to her brain.
Portuguese medics advised Mrs
Bainbridge-Flor, a manager in a call centre, to return to the UK for
treatment, but warned her that travelling on a normal plane could kill
her because of the pressure.
Thanks to the generosity of her
employer, she was able to travel home on a private low-flying jet for
treatment at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Four days after being given a week to
live, Kelly and Dino had their dream wedding, followed by a reception at
the Roker Hotel in Sunderland.
According to one of Mrs
Bainbridge-Flor's dying wishes, the newlyweds spent their honeymoon at a
luxury hotel, after arriving in style in a vintage wedding car.
'We often go away together for short breaks, but it is difficult sometimes,' said Mr Flor.
'We've managed to tick quite a few
things off Kelly's list, but one of her last wishes is to travel to
Portugal to have a blessing in a church with my family.
'We know it is almost impossible
because she isn't allowed to fly, but we're hoping we'll somehow be able
to manage it. It's her dream.'
Staff and volunteers at St Benedict's paid tribute to the couple.
Sylvia Stoneham, a fundraiser for the
hospice, said: 'I became quite close to Kelly and Dino while they were
in St Benedict's Hospice last year and was able to secure a night away
in a local hotel for them for a belated honeymoon.
'Staff and volunteers at the hospice
wish them all the best as Kelly and Dino celebrate a milestone they
thought they'd never achieve.
'I'm also thrilled to confirm the charity is funding another overnight stay in their honeymoon hotel.
'We're so pleased they've made it this far and that we're still able to support them.'