Mar­ried at hos­pi­tal bed

Can­cer pa­tient and his long-term fi­ancée tie the knot

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - LUKE FOLB

NOT even can­cer could stop Mal­colm De­mas from mar­ry­ing the love of his life – from his hos­pi­tal bed.

De­mas, 57, was di­ag­nosed with pan­cre­atic can­cer three months ago.

“I went to the doc­tor and they told me it was yel­low jaun­dice but then they dis­cov­ered that it also caused can­cer,” he said.

De­ter­mined not to let the dis­ease get the bet­ter of him, he hatched a plan to marry his long-term part­ner, Mar­lene Daniels, 50, while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Abun­dant Life Pal­lia­tive Care at Cape Town’s Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal.

De­mas told the Week­end Ar­gus that he wanted to sur­prise ev­ery­one with his an­nounce­ment, and that the cou­ple had kept their en­gage­ment un­der wraps.

On Mon­day evening, the cou­ple ce­mented their de­ci­sion to tie the knot.

“I was sur­prised when he asked me,” said Daniels.

“I came to visit him on Mon­day and asked him if this is still what he wants.

“He was pre­pared to get mar­ried that evening al­ready, but we de­cided to do it the fol­low­ing day.”

With the help of hos­pi­tal staff, they mar­ried on Tues­day.

Last week, De­mas was trans­ferred to Groote Schuur Hos­pi­tal where he un­der­went a CAT scan.

Doc­tors in­formed him that he would need a stent in his ch­est be­cause the jaun­dice had caused a block­age in his lungs.

But a de­ter­mined De­mas said the news had not damp­ened his spir­its and since his mar­riage he felt that there was an im­prove­ment in his health.

He re­mains op­ti­mistic and pos­i­tive that be­fore the end of the year, he will have left the hos­pi­tal.

“If I can get out of here as soon as pos­si­ble, that would be great. I just want to get on with my life and my new mar­riage,” he said.

Daniels said she was ex­cited to be­gin her new life with her hus­band.

“We’ll see how mar­ried life is when he gets out and comes home. That’s all that I want right now.”

Dr Clint Cupido, head of Abun­dant Life Pal­lia­tive Care, said that the staff were more than happy to help De­mas with his wed­ding ar­range­ments and added that they were all over­joyed for him and his new wife.

“We’re just so happy for them and glad to see him smile.”

PIC­TURE: LUKE FOLB

Can­cer pa­tient Mal­colm De­mas mar­ried Mar­lene Daniels from his hos­pi­tal bed on Tues­day.

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