Cancer-Battling Mum Marries Childhood Sweetheart From Hospital Bed
Saying “I do” is a precious moment in time. For one Melbourne woman, it was time she almost didn’t have.
This week, mother-of-two Toni Carroll, 25, said her wedding vows from a hospital bed at The Alfred in Melbourne, while connected to a life-support machine.
Surrounded by family and friends at the hospital’s chapel, Toni married her childhood sweetheart, Jesse Welsh, after he proposed four days earlier.
In December 2018 just a few months after giving birth to her second daughter, Toni started to experience health problems. By March, she was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma and heart failure.
Speaking to 10 News First on Saturday, just a day after their whirlwind wedding, Jesse recalled the heartbreak of his wife's diagnosis.
"They had induced her into a coma, it was the only decision they had," Jesse said.
He said he proposed to Toni in between her surgeries and it took just three days for their wedding to come together.
"I cried. So did she, but she's a little bit stronger than I am."
Toni and Jesse’s last-minute wedding was organised by 150 staff at The Alfred, and included a dress, a cake, flowers and even a professional make-up artist.
"They went above and beyond," Jesse said.
Still undergoing chemotherapy and surgery, Toni is determined to survive the insidious disease and raise her two daughters, aged just 3 and 5-months.
"I've never seen her this strong in my life we've been together eight years," Jesse said.
On Saturday, the family were finally given some good news following her latest operation.
Toni will be moved from ICU on Monday and doctors are hoping she could be discharged from hospital in a matter of months.
Toni's family and friends have started a GoFundMe page to help with medical costs.