Terminally Ill Couple Gets Married

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Terminally Ill Couple Gets Married
Sat 30-05-2015

A terminally ill man and woman who are both dying of lung disease met, fell in love and married in hospice care.

John Whaley, 58, and Debbie Rivera, 54, both rode their wheelchairs up the aisle and exchanged vows in the courtyard of the Florida hospice where they both met while being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Whaley, who has had his right hand and both legs amputated, proposed to Rivera just weeks after meeting her after realizing he was 'tired of being alone'. 

The two were both being looked after at Governors Creek Health and Rehabilitation center in the town of Green Cove Springs and met in a smoking room.

Both had been married before - Rivera twice - but say they quickly fell for one another - and within weeks of first meeting were due to wed.

Whaley, a former heavy machinery operator, said he and Rivera, a former stay-at-home mom, bonded so quickly because of their shared illness.

He told ABC's Good Morning America: 'We both like the same things and we both are in bad shape, so we hit it off.'

As his illness grew worse in recent years, Whaley has had both legs and his right hand amputated because of blood clots. Rivera struggles to breathe. 

She took three days to decide whether to take up Whaley on his offer, which he made at the start of this month.

But after she said yes, the two quickly moved to marry. 

Source: Daily Mail