Tuesday 21 November 2017

Cancer patient who wed sweetheart on deathbed makes miracle recovery

Sereena and her husband Rob. Photo via: JustGiving.com/SereenaRobertScott
Sereena and her husband Rob. Photo via: JustGiving.com/SereenaRobertScott
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A woman who wed her long-term love on an oncology ward after doctors told her she had just days to live has made a miracle recovery.

Sereena Scott (32) revealed that she was close to death when she married her husband Robert (37) in 2014 and admitted she feels exceptionally lucky to have been given a second chance at life.

“I feel like the luckiest person alive to have beaten cancer when I was so close to dying,” she said according to The Mirror.

The bride, from Kent, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014 after she began feeling unwell during a walk to raise funds for Cancer Research in the UK.

The couple renewed their vows in October 2015
The couple renewed their vows in October 2015

The aggressive cancer and chemotherapy left Sereena extremely weak and caused her lung to collapse several times.

Eager to wed her fiancé Robert, Sereena asked if nurses could help facilitate a wedding on her ward.

The pair said their vows on October 8, 2014 and Sereena admitted she thought she would just have hours with her new husband.

 "My heart was racing, I was so excited that he was about to become my husband.

"I found the strength to put my thumbs up afterwards, I couldn't have been happier to become Mrs Scott.

"I never imagined it would symbolise the start of a new chapter, we all thought I was about to die."

Despite her poor condition during her wedding, Sereena’s health began to improve after she said ‘I do’. The chemotherapy was becoming effective and shrinking the large tumour on her ovary, which made surgery an option.

"The operation was a success, it was no wonder I looked pregnant when my tumour had grown so large.

"I turned to the doctor afterwards and asked, 'so I'm not dying now?' it was a real shock that things were finally looking up for me.

"We had just had our deathbed wedding but I was no longer going to die, I had been given another chance at life."

The couple marked their first anniversary with a ceremony last October during which they renewed their vows.

"This time I was able to actually say my vows and walk up the aisle."

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