Cancer patient has last wish fulfilled


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By John Isaac

Get your box of tissues ready before reading this.

Talk about true love. Best you get your box of tissues before reading this.

Suffering from stage four cancer, a 76-year-old woman had one last wish - to marry her long time love.

Last Friday, at a simple but heartwarming ceremony held at the Sarawak General Hospital last Friday, she married her long time beau.

Chan Teck Kong, 80, was seen pushing a frail, but happy Peggy Chai in a wheelchair into a room at the hospital.

There, the couple exchanged marital vows as a violinist accompanied them with a bridal tune.

According to reports in Utusan Borneo, Chan said marrying him was Chai's last wish.

“I will care for her for the rest of her days. I love her deeply, words cannot express it,” he said.

They met more than 30 years ago when she enrolled in his dance class and their romance blossomed after Chai lost her husband.

Chan, who has never married, retired in 2015 to dedicate his time to caring for Chai, who has ovarian cancer. She was admitted in the palliative care unit of the hospital two months ago.

Chan said it was actually Chai who popped the question through a priest.

“A few days before we got married last Friday, she told Father Wong who visited patients at the hospital regularly that she wanted to marry me. She had a lot of energy that day. I had gone out to buy things and when I returned Father Wong told me Peggy’s wish, I immediately agreed to marry her,” he said.

Chan thanked the hospital’s doctors, nurses and staff in general for organising their wedding and for helping Chai realise her dying wish.