Married at hospital bed
Cancer patient and his long-term fiancée tie the knot
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.”
Cancer patient Malcolm Demas married Marlene Daniels from his hospital bed on Tuesday.