Mum col­lapsed at my wed­ding .. the next day she was dead Then nan died on day of cre­ma­tion

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East Lon­don and works as an ac­count man­ager for fi­nan­cial firm Bloomberg, said: “We were told it was un­likely mum would wake up, but they didn’t want to give up.

“They mon­i­tored her overnight un­til they were sure she was brain dead. We didn’t leave her side.”

As Jean died, Les read to her the fa­ther-of-the-bride speech he never got a chance to give at the re­cep­tion.

She was de­clared dead on June 25, less than 24 hours af­ter Marcia and Nick said their vows. The cou­ple later re­turned to the hos­pi­tal with two tiers of their un­touched wed­ding cake to give to staff as a thank-you. On the very morn­ing of Jean’s fu­neral ser­vice, July 19, the fam­ily re­ceived a let­ter say­ing her or­gans had saved four trans­plant pa­tients.

They in­cluded a woman who had waited 13 years for a kid­ney and a lit­tle girl who needed a liver.

But fate had yet more heart­break in store for Jean’s loved ones.

The next day, just as she was due to be cre­mated, her own mum Au­drey also passed away. Marcia said: “Nan had been heart­bro­ken when Mum died. They were re­ally close.”

Marcia and Nick can­celled their Tan­za­nia hon­ey­moon and are in­stead train­ing to join 20,000 oth­ers in the 10-mile Sim­ply­health Great South Run in Portsmouth on Oc­to­ber 22.

They want to help the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion, which funds re­search into strokes and brain haem­or­rhages.

Marcia added: “It is very hard know­ing that what­ever the fu­ture holds Mum won’t be in our lives, but she will never be for­got­ten.“

Spon­sor Marcia at www.just­giv­ing. com/fundrais­ing/mama-fray. En­tries for the Sim­ply­health Great South Run are still open at greatrun.org

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