Three Daughters Married On Same Day To Fulfil Dying Mum's Wish

16/10/2013 14:50 | Updated 22 May 2015

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Three daughters held a last-minute joint wedding so that their dying mum could attend – 12 hours before she passed away.

When Sarah, Kaylee and Jodie Swales - aged 19, 21 and 22 - from Snellville, Georgia, US, learned that their mother's Becky's breast cancer had spread to her liver they rushed their wedding plans forward to make sure she would see them tie the knot.

They had planned to marry on October 26 but as their mother's condition worsened, they decided to wed on Sunday afternoon to fulfil her final wish of seeing them walk down the aisle.

Surrounded by friends and family, and with their mother Becky and father Otis in the front row, the sisters took turns to marry their fiances as the others watched.

"It's kind of bittersweet," Jodie Swales told local news reporters before the ceremony.

"We are happy that she's here, but this will probably be the last big thing that we do with her."

Sarah added: "It's not like losing a mom, it's like losing a mom and a best friend and anyone would want their best friend at their wedding.

"Our wedding wouldn't be the same if she wasn't there to experience it with us."

Otis Swales, who walked all of his daughters down the aisle, said he was hoping his faith would get him through.

"My wife is the love of my life so it's hard," said Otis, who has been married to Becky for 25 years.

"But I'm proud of my daughters. I just pray God gives me strength to get through every day."

Just 12 hours after her daughters walked down the aisle, Becky died.

She had been diagnosed with breast cancer on February 15, 2010 and although chemotherapy proved effective at first, doctors recently discovered that the disease had spread to other organs.

Despite her bleak prognosis, Becky's' daughters say she had continued to maintain a positive attitude until her death.

"She does always have a smile on her face and she's pushing so hard," said Kaylee.


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