A 16-year-old girl agreed to marry her dying boyfriend in the hospital three days before he died from leukaemia just to fulfill his final wish.
Amie Cresswell finally decided to tie the knot with school sweetheart, Omar Al Shaikh after doctors revealed that he had less than one week to live.
Cresswell gathered friends and family for the bedside ceremony after her dying boyfriend proposed to her with a flower in the stead of a ring in the hospital.
Clad in a pink wedding dress with flowers on her hair, Cresswell stayed beside her husband until he lost his fight for life.
Speaking up on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 heartbroken Cresswell said, “I’m absolutely heartbroken.
“We had talked about getting married but never imagined we would be 16. We thought we would grow old together. The ceremony was so sad, but really lovely.
“I had seen him around school a bit but we just got closer together. When he was told it had come back it was just a massive shock. I knew I wanted to stand by him through it all.
“As he put the ring on my finger he said he wished he had more time with me. I wish we had, too, but I’m so glad we had the chance to make this happy memory.”
The deceased was diagnosed with acute Myeloid leukemia after he fainted during a football match during the 2014 Easter period.
According to Metro UK, he was in remission when he started dating Amie – a fellow pupil at Four Dwellings Academy in Birmingham – eight months ago.
A search for a donor to help him recover proved abortive due to his mixed Arabic and Romanian heritage.
Doctors confirmed that he was already too ill for a transplant by the time matching stem cells were finally found.
His mother, Mrs Mirabela Al Shaikh was with him when he died on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, holding Cresswell’s hand.
She said, “The wedding was a very moving ceremony. I felt proud watching him. I have lost Omar but I have gained the best daughter-in-law in the world.”
Besides, Cresswell’s mum, Becky Cook said late Al Shaikh sought her permission before asking for her daughter’s hand.
She added, “I just wanted them to have their big day. You could see how much it meant – his smile told you that.”
Below are some photos from the event. (Click on any image to enlarge).