Mom Battling Stage 4 Cancer Marries Childhood Sweetheart in Hospital Ceremony

A terminally ill patient is fast becoming popular after she wedded her high school sweetheart right in her hospital chapel! 

Toni Carroll’s seemingly peaceful life went downhill when doctors diagnosed her with stage 4 cancer and progressive heart failure. The disease had the 25-year-old limited to living in the ICU, but thankfully, her sweet lover, Jesse Welsh made sure to make her dreams of getting married come true by proposing right after the awry news. Thus, their heartwarming story which has been the subject of major media outlets. 

Couple getting married in ICU ceremony after bride was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.| Photo: YouTube/ Blair  Shiff.

Couple getting married in ICU ceremony after bride was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.| Photo: YouTube/ Blair Shiff.

“Alfred Health,” a blog for the hospital where Carroll is currently admitted, made the story famous when it featured the sweet couple’s unique tale. It detailed that although cancer-stricken, Carroll wedded the father of her two beautiful children, Welsh in the hospital chapel thanks to the dedicated ICU staff. 

A doctor, Dashiell Gantner recalled that watching the pair tie the knot despite Carroll's critical condition was indeed a special moment. The intensivist also disclosed that Carroll was referred to "The Alfred" after she was found to have a fatal heart failure that just seemed to worsen over time progressively. 

Although the reason for her heart failure remains unascertained, there is another critical condition worsening her problems as the doctors diagnosed Carroll with Hodgkin lymphoma soon after she birthed her second child late last year. 

Bride getting married in ICU ceremony after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.| Photo: YouTube/ Blair  Shiff.

Bride getting married in ICU ceremony after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.| Photo: YouTube/ Blair Shiff.

The young mother of two is currently under watch at the intensive care at "The Alfred," where she has been kept alive by a heart-lung bypass machine called ECMO, along with a heart pump (VAD).

Along with managing both her heart condition and the pressing need for chemotherapy treatment, the medical team went to great lengths to plan her the best possible wedding ceremony they could. 

Thankfully, the wedding went well, and both of the couple's children were in attendance along with their other family members. 

“It’s so beautiful. Honestly, I thought it was going to be small, and then it exploded with all this love from everyone, it was perfect, I loved it,” Carroll gushed talking about the ceremony. 

Her new husband, Jesse, also talked about the wedding describing it as the most important day of his life.

“From where we started five weeks ago, I was told I’d only have five to ten days with her, now we are married, and I can’t ask for anything more,” he said.

Thanks to the hospital staff, the couple have a chance at saying their vows despite the unfortunate events surrounding Carroll's hospitalization. A hospital staff, Paul Leonard disclosed that, on calling out for help with the wedding, the response was “overwhelming.”

Couple getting married in ICU ceremony after bride was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.| Photo: YouTube/ Blair  Shiff.

Couple getting married in ICU ceremony after bride was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.| Photo: YouTube/ Blair Shiff.

Planning a wedding is no mean feat, but the staff was able to get everything from the cakes down to decorating done within three days! Their efforts are indeed laudable and what is even most surprising is that they also had a “plan B” drawn out just in case an emergency arises during the festivities. 

Thankfully, their plans were all a success, and now Carroll can happily declare herself a married woman. She is indeed lucky to have herself surrounded by so many lovely people who have her best interests at heart. Hope she makes a faster recovery.