Believe it or not, sometimes cheesy love stories can turn out to be reality. This was certainly the case for UK couple Jack Kane and Emma Clarke, who were married after Jack received a terrifying diagnosis from his doctors. However, in true fairy-tale fashion, he ended up stunning everyone at the wedding with his shocking announcement. Read on to find out what happened...
23-year-olds Jack and Emma had been together for three years when Jack started experiencing some strange medical symptoms. He had been feeling severe pain in his back and hypersensitivity in his legs. At one point, his health began to quickly deteriorate.
Jack visited a number of doctors to try to figure out what exactly was wrong with his health. He received several diagnoses, including mental illness and a trapped nerve. What happened next completely shocked everyone…
One morning, Jack woke up and found that he was completely unable to move. He was rushed to the hospital and given tests that found that he had a cancerous tumor on his spine. More terrifyingly, doctors told him he had only weeks to live.
After learning of the devastating news, Jack did the only thing he knew to do at the time: he proposed to Emma. “I was always going to marry her,” he said. “We’ve known each other for nearly 10 years and have been together for the last three. From the day I first met her I knew I wanted to be with her.”
Jack asked him mom to get the ring for the proposal and, being in a wheelchair, he had to ask the nurses to help him get down on one knee so that he could propose to Emma. They then began planning the wedding that was scheduled to take place in just eight days. “Why waste any time?” Asked Jack.
The wedding was scheduled to take place at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. While trying to quickly plan the wedding, Jack was also getting ready for a spinal biopsy which would involve surgery. However, doctors discovered something amazing the day of the procedure…
A scan found that Jack’s tumor was actually shrinking. And after conducting more tests, they found that he did not have cancer at all! Instead, he actually had a rare neurological condition called Devic’s disease. In other words, it was discovered that Jack was not actually terminally ill.
Devic’s disease, also known as neuromyelitis optica, is an immunological disorder in which the immune system attacks the optic nerves in the spinal cord. Because it is relatively rare, there haven’t been very many large-scale studies conducted on it. This may sound terrifying, but Jack kept his spirits up knowing that he wasn’t terminally ill after all!
Jack informed Emma and their immediate families of the good news, but they decided to keep it a secret from the rest of their 130 guests. They were married on Monday, October 23. Emma was walked down the aisle by her four-year-old daughter Lola and her father. The rest of their guests still had no idea of what was to come.
A couple hours later, newlyweds Jack and Emma met their guests at their reception at Billingham Synthonia Club, and broke the news then. Jack began to cry as he told everyone the good news while sitting in his wheelchair. And as you can guess, the guests were absolutely shocked.
“For a moment you could have heard a pin drop in the room of about 130 people,” Jack said about when he announced the good news. “Then it sank in and we had tears, cheers and everyone clapping. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”
You can only imagine the relief that everyone felt upon hearing this news!
Jack and Emma were very grateful to everyone who made their special day so remarkable. “The love, support and strength we’ve received from family, friends and people who just heard we were getting married has been absolutely overwhelming,” Jack said. “We really can’t thank everyone enough who have been there for us and also helped to make our day so amazing.”
Jack and Emma were clearly meant to be together. “No one asks to be in this position,” said Emma. “What we’ve gone through these last few weeks people don’t go through in a lifetime - but we stay strong for each other … we’re best friends.” Aww!
Although being diagnosed with Devic’s disease would still seem incredibly scary to most people, Jack has remained hopeful. He’s currently receiving further treatment in the hospital. “My legs may never come back but there are people worse off than me,” he said. “I won’t be beaten by something I can’t see.”