Terminally-ill man proposes to partner from his hospital bed - and they get married 48 hours later

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A terminally-ill patient proposed to his long-term partner from his hospital bed before it’s too late - and the pair were married 48 hours later.

Keith Raisbeck, 73, from Worksop and a patient on the hospital's Ward A5 at Bassetlaw Hospital since September, decided to mark his 26-year anniversary with partner Christine in style.

With baited breath, the Worksop resident popped the question on October 14 and received a 'yes'.

Staff quickly rallied to help the happy couple organise their upcoming nuptials.

With the help of Hospital Chaplain, Reverend Simon Russell, all of the necessary arrangements were made to transform the hospital ward into Bassetlaw's very own Little White Wedding Chapel, and the couple were wed on Monday, October 16.

Mr Raisbeck suffers from a rare disease called Amyloidosis which is a build-up of abnormal proteins in organs and tissues throughout the body. It can cause kidney and heart failure.

Mrs Raisbeck told the Post: "It is a terminal illness. He has been transferred to Doncaster Hospital for chemotherapy in the hope that the rogue blood cells will lay dormant and he will have a better quality of life.

"If he does not respond to the treatment it could be a few weeks (to live).

"We had been talking about getting married for some time. He has been ill since March so we have had no time to go away and get married. It was just a sudden decision by Keith to get married now.

"He is very kind, caring and considerate – and he is going to fight this disease.

"We want to say thank you to all the staff who, at such short notice, made the arrangements ensuring we had an extra special day. We are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen within 48 hours."

Ward Manager Tracey Madden, said: "Keith has been a patient on Ward A5 for four weeks and we have got to know him and Christine very well.

"They are such a lovely couple and we were so happy to help them arrange their special day. Staff were so excited to get involved, it was a very emotional and special occasion to watch them say ‘I do’."

This isn't the first time a wedding has been held at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals.

In August of this year, newly-weds Samantha and Craig Sta​cey, with the help of the team, re-enacted their big day for Samantha's grandmother, Emmy, who was too ill to leave the hospital.