A cancer patient married his partner from his hospital bed – after being told his condition was terminal.
Dave Clarkson, 63, finally decided to pop the question to Muriel, his partner of 20 years, when he found out his bowel cancer was inoperable.
Realising they had no time to lose, they tied the knot in the urology ward surrounded by doctors, nurses and close family.
Father-of-six Dave, from Easington, County Durham, said: “For years we have been talking about getting married but there always seems to have been a reason to put it off.
“It was only after being given the diagnosis that I thought we had no time to lose.
“The wedding was a brilliant day – a small number of our family were there but we didn’t even have time to tell many of our friends it was happening.
“Staff in the ward were fantastic and really supportive.”
Only one week before the ceremony, Dave passed out after losing blood and was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton on Tees.
Doctors had previously discovered he had bowel cancer which had spread to his liver.
Though they have told him the cancer is terminal and inoperable, he has decided to undergo chemotherapy treatment in the hope of spending more time with his wife.
Muriel, 55, said: “Dave has lived a healthy life. It was a complete shock to us both.
“We have never wanted to know from doctors how long he has – we don’t want that clock hanging over us.”
“We just need to remain as positive as we can.”
She said the marriage was “everything she wanted it to be” and that the couple hope to celebrate at a later date with all of their family and friends.