A WOMAN stricken with cancer who married her long-term partner in hospital less than three weeks ago has died.
Redcar woman loses battle against cancer just weeks after wedding at Middlesbrough hospital
Annalise Scott wed Kev Wilson last month - in a ceremony organised in under 24 hours - and they became the first couple to tie the knot at Trinity Holistic Centre at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.
The Redcar care worker, who was 45-years-old, died at Teesside Hospice on Tuesday morning and she will be laid to rest in her £2,000 wedding dress.
Mr Wilson told The Northern Echo: "She was Miss Perfect. We were together ten years and I proposed to her just a week before we got married and the next thing I knew it was all being arranged. Everyone was fantastic.
"It is a horrible, horrible thing. She was only 45, that is no age."
Annalise was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just five months ago but by the time it was discovered it had already spread to her bowel, appendix and spine. She managed to walk down the aisle to marry Mr Wilson on his 52nd birthday.
At the time of her wedding, she thanked staff and volunteers across the hospital and support centres who had donated items such as fairy lights, silver bells, flowers, plants and food. Both the centre and the cancer ward were decorated for the special day.
“It has been an amazing day and I cannot thank the staff from ward 14 enough, for everything they have done for us and for looking after me,” she said. "Also thanks to the Trinity Holistic Centre staff and everyone who has helped make our wedding day so special. All of the staff were so welcoming and helpful throughout the whole day. We really can’t thank them enough."
Mr Wilson, a former steelworker, is making arrangements for her funeral and plans to bury her in the wedding dress she wore on their big day.
Describing her as a "special woman," he added: "When they made her they threw away the mould."
The Holistic Centre requires about £330,000 in charitable donations every year to keep it going, said it was the first time the centre had been asked to perform a wedding, which was conducted by the hospital chaplain.
Kind volunteers turned hairstylists and beauticians for the day, giving Annalise and other patients on Ward 14 a makeover especially for the ceremony.Staff at the Holistic Centre, which provides complementary therapies for cancer sufferers, turned the centre into a bespoke wedding venue, complete with a ceremony arch, flowers, balloons, lights and wedding buffet.