Ashlea Hanson married the love of her life last week, this week she will bury him.
Her new husband, Daniel Paton, was suffering from terminal melanoma and tragically passed away on Sunday night.
His dying wish was to marry his sweetheart. So the hospital where he was staying did something wonderful: they made it happen, in just 18 hours. One of the nurses loaned Ashlea her wedding gown and shoes, the hospital cafe made a wedding cake, a staff member brought in a video camera to film the ceremony, a beautician who was another nurse's friend did the bride's hair and make-up, the in-house florist provided the bouquet and flowers, while catering staff organised the food.
‘‘Whatever you did for a wedding, they did. There was not one stone unturned. It was absolutely amazing,’’ a heartbroken Cathy reveals. ‘‘It was just lovely. I can’t fault this hospital. We thought we were just coming to a bedside wedding and they had the chapel. The chapel was full ... It was the most beautiful, moving thing.’’
‘‘There was not a dry eye in the place,’’ adds Ashlea’s mother Cathy. "Ashlea, who has been so stressed, after the wedding, I saw her that night and I said to her, ‘You look so much more relaxed’ and she just said, ‘I gave him his wish’.’’