Ailing man 'held on' to see son's wedding on Skype

2016-05-25 07:23
The bridal party that surprised Roy Eddles, 73, who watched his son's wedding via Skype. (Supplied to News24)

The bridal party that surprised Roy Eddles, 73, who watched his son's wedding via Skype. (Supplied to News24)

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Durban - An ailing Durban man clung to life long enough to see his son get married, before he was claimed on Monday night by an illness he had battled for nine years.

News24 on Monday reported that Roy Eddles, 73, had got dressed up in his hospital bed to watch his son's wedding via a live Skype feed to his ward.

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Just hours after the story was published, Eddles died.

His daughter, Debbie Baker, told News24 that her father had defied the odds by hanging on to see the wedding.  

"It has been a long road, he was ill for nine years. We are just so glad he got to see my brother get married. Last week the doctors didn't think he would make it through the night but he was determined to see the wedding," she said.

"He was so happy when they surprised him when they came into the ward, and the nurses and staff at Westville Hospital were amazing. They made the day so special for my dad and my brother," Baker added.

Speaking to News24 after the wedding, Eddles's wife Elizabeth said her husband suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and a kidney condition.

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