Emotional first wedding dance for a paralysed bride with terminal cancer

PHOTO: Magazine Features
PHOTO: Magazine Features

A devoted husband hoisted his paralysed bride into his arms so that she could experience their first dance as a married couple.

Martine Christopher Kilminister (28), from Bradford in West Yorkshire, UK, planned their wedding in just four weeks after having been together for more than 12 years.  

“It took just four weeks to plan our dream day and it was a great distraction after my devastating diagnosis,” Martine says. Martine had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and told she has 18 months to live.

On her wedding day, Martine was lifted out of her wheelchair and into the arms of her beau, while the newlywed couple danced to Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.

“I had no idea that Christopher was going to pick me up out of my wheelchair but it was an amazing surprise.”

The mom-of-two started complaining in June of severe back pain, but doctors assumed that it was nothing serious. “I’d been battling with severe back pain for a few months but doctors just thought it was muscular spasms,” Martine says.

“I thought it was a trapped nerve at first, but it was causing me so much pain that I kept going back to the doctors,” she says.

Upon returning home from a short holiday, things took a turn for the worse when Martine started losing feeling in her legs. After having a series of scans and tests done she received the devastating news.

“As soon as I had scans on my spine it was revealed that there was a huge tumour crushing my spinal cord,” she says.

Martine was diagnosed with spinal glioblastoma – a cancerous tumour in the spinal cord, according to The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. The tumour has left Martine paralysed and she’s currently undergoing treatment to prolong her life.  

Martine is doing her best to ensure that she creates as many memories with her friends and family as possible.

“I have the most amazing sons, husband, friends and family and to me, that’s all that matters.

“I’ll continue to fight my cancer for as long as I can and once we recover from the wedding, I’ll start planning more family events,” she says.

Source: Magazine Features
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