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Daniel passes away after dying wish of wedding fulfilled

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Calvary Hospital wedding

It was the dying wish of terminally ill patient Daniel Paton to marry his girlfriend Ashlea Hanson and on Tuesday night they decided to make the commitment.

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A melanoma patient who married his girlfriend as his dying wish last week has died.

Family members said 27-year-old Daniel Paton died peacefully at Canberra's Calvary Hospital on Sunday night.

The abattoir worker from Wagga Wagga had been admitted to the hospital a week earlier after his condition deteriorated.

Husband and wife: Daniel Paton and Ashlea Hanson married.

Husband and wife: Daniel Paton and Ashlea Hanson married.

He married his girlfriend Ashlea Hanson, a 26-year-old Canberra public servant, in a moving ceremony last Wednesday in the Calvary chapel, after the occasion was organised by staff at the hospital.

The couple had expected a simple bedside ceremony after revealing their wish, but the hospital staff rose as one to deliver a memorable wedding, all organised within 18 hours, with the cafe making the wedding cake and a nurse going home to get her own wedding gown for Ms Hanson to wear.

The nurse who brought in the dress also brought in shoes. Another nurse had a beautician friend come in to do her hair and make-up.

Cavalry nurses Sandie Jones, Rowena Dyer, Virginia Bennett, Jodie Burke and Nicole Dennis all helped bride Ashlea Hanson (pictured) and fiancee Daniel to be married at Calvary Hospital.

Cavalry nurses Sandie Jones, Rowena Dyer, Virginia Bennett, Jodie Burke and Nicole Dennis all helped bride Ashlea Hanson (pictured) and fiancee Daniel to be married at Calvary Hospital. Photo: Karleen Minney

Pastoral care staff organised a minister. Another staff member brought in a video camera to film the ceremony. A photographer was organised. The hospital florist provided the bouquet and flowers. Catering staff organised food.

The emotional ceremony, which demonstrated the love and commitment of the young couple to each other and the care and kindness of the hospital staff, has moved thousands of people who have watched a video of the event online.

''There was not a dry eye in the place,'' Ms Hanson's mother Cathy said. ''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','' she said.

In happier times:  Daniel and Ashlea before Daniel fell ill.

In happier times: Daniel and Ashlea before Daniel fell ill.

Mr Paton was diagnosed with melanoma last July, and the cancer spread throughout his body.

He was admitted to hospital on Sunday, July 22. He also had a fall when Ms Hanson was going to get a wheelchair and had to have stitches in his face.

His mother Helen Paton said his melanoma had been detected when he bumped a mole on his arm a couple of times.

''He went on clinical trials in January, which worked for a little while and kept it at bay, but it started growing again,'' Mrs Paton said.

He had never spent too much time in the sun, she said. ''He was never a sun baker. Never been a boy to run around without a shirt on or anything like that. The doctor just said it was the luck of the draw,'' she said.

 

21 comments

  • Such a sad but then beautiful story of a very loving couple and the wonderful and giving people that made their day happen, god bless you all.

    Commenter
    OLD DOG
    Date and time
    July 29, 2013, 11:02AM
    • Here here.

      Commenter
      Chris
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 29, 2013, 12:00PM
    • @Chris
      Appreciate your sentiments, but better expressed correctly as "hear, hear".

      Commenter
      trinch
      Date and time
      July 29, 2013, 1:20PM
  • Very sad indeed. Life just simply isn't fair. It was lovely that they were able to have their special moment together. Hope she gets through it o.k.

    Commenter
    Bob Wills
    Date and time
    July 29, 2013, 11:32AM
    • Human misery at its worst. We live in a valley of tears. May the lady find solace in the memory of a very young man. Life, luckily, goes on.

      Commenter
      CHE
      Location
      SYDNEY
      Date and time
      July 29, 2013, 11:42AM
      • So. Many. Tears.

        Commenter
        Tom
        Date and time
        July 29, 2013, 12:01PM
        • Get your skin checked! This reminded me to book in another check up, I try to go more than once a year.

          Commenter
          andrew
          Date and time
          July 29, 2013, 12:10PM
          • What a beautiful, candid, and profoundly moving wedding...

            Too often in life we forgot what really matters. Moments like this (while unequivocally filled with sadness) should give us pause to reflect on what really matters; family, love, friends.

            Daniel's capacity to live further may have been (and was) limited but his capacity to love endures.

            Thanks Ashlea for sharing that very special moment in your life and well done Calvary Hospital for arranging and helping to realise the wedding.

            Commenter
            Roman
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            July 29, 2013, 12:25PM
            • I agree, such a beautiful story. Shame they had so little time together, but those wonderful memories will be with both of them. I wish Ashlea all the best in staying strong and getting through this. Both of them show me that love does still exist.

              Commenter
              Jane
              Location
              Franklin
              Date and time
              July 29, 2013, 8:17PM
          • Such a wonderful love story.

            Commenter
            tenten52871
            Date and time
            July 29, 2013, 12:50PM

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