A CT bride battling an aggressive type of breast cancer died just 18 hours after exchanging vows with her groom.
Heather Mosher married her husband, David, a few days before Christmas at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, before dying on December 23.
Heather Mosher was diagnosed last December with breast cancer - the same day her then-boyfriend, Dave Mosher, proposed to her on a horse-and-carriage ride.
David said: "I left the plans as they were. He carried her home".
"We had the toughest year of our life. She struggled with her cancer through the traditional chemotherapy".
The two had met at a swing dance class two and a half years ago in May 2015. After that, they were inseparable, according to Mosher. On 23 December 2016, Heather was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.
"She didn't know I was going to propose that night", Mosher told WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut.
The TV station reports he set up the flawless proposal that night with a horse-led carriage ride.
In September this year, the couple discovered Heather's cancer had spread to her brain and lungs and the couple set their wedding date for December 30.
Heather Mosher and David Mosher in
They realized that if they were to fulfill their dream of getting married, it would have to be soon, and in the hospital. She died 18 hours later after the marriage.
David said he knew it was the last time he would be with his wife and her final words were the ones she always wanted to say. "She proved them all wrong and that's what that photo says to me". But Lindsay managed to put the dress on and made it to the hospital's chapel, where she and Mosher exchanged vows.
"This has been a heartbreaking time, but I'm glad this story has brought hope to so many people, " Karas said.
But after medics advised David to move the wedding up as Heather may not make it, the pair got hitched in the hospital's chapel last Friday, the New York Daily News reports. "When she raised her arms, she was at death's door, but she was joyful and exuberant".
Heather's friend Christina Karas, who took the above photos, said she was reluctant to get her camera out, but felt she had to capture the moment. Although the news was heartbreaking, he chose to make the best of his time left with her.
"She's my great love, and I'm going to lose her, but I'm not losing her forever", David Mosher said.
Her funeral was held Saturday, the original date of the wedding.
Her obituary reads:"A musical soul, she could often be found dancing, laughing and singing with her love and partner, Dave Mosher".
She wrote in a separate post: "I am in awe of the strength Dave's love inspired in Heather even in her last hours".