Mum Married Children's Dad Three Days Before She Died From Cancer

14/08/2014 16:59 | Updated 20 May 2015

Kate and Gary Wiggins

A mum married her children's dad in an emotional ceremony just a month after she discovered she had cancer. She died three days later.

Mother-of-two Kate Wiggin, 29, of Walsall, West Midlands, was told by doctors she had gall stones after complaining of stomach pains for 18 months. But she found on February 13 that she had terminal cancer.

Knowing she had just weeks to live, Kate decided to marry the father of her two young children, 32-year-old childhood sweetheart Gary.

Her mum Janet Cleaver, 54, told her local paper: "Kate had been having stomach trouble for a while, but the doctors kept telling her they thought she had gallstones.

"It went on for a while, and then they thought it was a bacterial infection. But when she started getting little lumps popping out of her skin, a nurse at the GP's referred her to the hospital.

"Then she was told she had a very rare form of cancer, and it was terminal. Kate was such a strong person, she wouldn't let us cry. She just set about arranging her wedding to Gary."

The couple - who'd met at school 13 years ago - married at a hotel with children, Molly, eight, and Lewis, 10, standing by on March 6, after family and friends organised a wedding - just 72 hours before she passed away.

Janet added: "The wedding was absolutely lovely. There was an ambulance on standby with a team because they were worried she would be too weak, but Kate was determined to say her vows.

"She couldn't walk, and was struggling to catch her breath, but she did it. I am so proud of her. She lived for her children and for Gary. She was the strongest person I've ever met. She didn't drink or smoke, and was always helping out at the children's school.

"Everyone was brilliant on the day, the hotel rolled out a red carpet, and the photographer processed the images within 24 hours so she that could see them."

The local paper said when Kate died, she was surrounded by her family and listening to the Katy Perry and John Mayer song Who You Love.

Around 600 mourners attended her funeral last Friday at Blakenall Heath Christ Church in Walsall.


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