Thursday, 14 May 2015


 Tragic deathbed wedding of bride who didn't know she had cancer
This is the touching moment a tragic mum wedded her soulmate just two days before
her tragic death.

Dawn Jackson believed she was perfectly healthy before being hit with the shock news that she was suffering from cancer in her liver, spleen and bowel after her unborn child died in her womb.

Just 18 days later she passed away, having only weeks earlier buried her stillborn daughter.

Loved ones came together in her final days to organise a wedding for Dawn, who worked as a carer, and her loving fiance Dean, but just two days later she died.

Heartbroken Dean, from Blackpool, Lancs, said: "The diagnosis was completely out of the blue but we thought we'd have at least a few weeks.

"But everything happened so quickly, her health deteriorated rapidly.

"I wanted to do everything I could to make her happy and comfortable so I proposed, she'd always wanted to get married.

"A lot of photos from our wedding day show her smiling which says a lot, because she was in agony. Dawn looked stunning in her dress.

"Our wedding day was perfect in every way you could imagine - apart from the circumstances."

Grieving Dean, who works as a bus driver, will now have to raise children Joshua, Aydia, four and Karla, one, one his own.

He said: "I've so many happy memories of our lives, holidays and days out with children, Dawn was a wonderful person.

"She took to my son straight away and she was so passionate about her job. I knew straight away she was the one for me.
"Dawn was such a nice person, I loved her personality"

The couple met eight years ago and were thrilled to find out they were expecting their third child together.

Tragedy struck however in March when, at eight months pregnant, Dawn began experiencing serious abdominal pains.

Having been rushed to hospital for a check-up, a routine scan found no heartbeat for her baby.
She was then forced to give birth to a lifeless baby girl.

The family buried baby Jaycee-May  just weeks later Dawn collapsed.

Tests revealed she had a blood clot in her chest, restricting oxygen getting to her brain.

Mr Jackson said Dawn had suffered a series of health problems since the stillbirth, from coughing and being unable to keep food down and losing five stone in weight.

But further examinations found a mass on Dawn's liver and on April 20, one month after the couple had buried their baby girl, she was told she had terminal liver cancer that had spread to her bowel and spleen.

Dean said: "We were devastated. But Dawn faced it in the same way she faced losing the baby, there were tears but she said she had to be strong for the children

"She'd always wanted to get married so she was over the moon when I proposed.

"But at that point we thought she'd have months, even years. Not days. I think I'd fooled myself she had longer to live."

Dawn died in the early hours on May 4, with her husband at her bedside.

Her funeral with took place at Carleton Crematorium, Lancashire, on Tuesday.

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