Heather Lindsay got her dream for 18 hours – she married the love of her life from her hospital bed before passing away.
Lindsay, 31, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, New York Daily News reports. Christina Karas, her bridesmaid, captured the special moments after Lindsay and David Mosher exchanged “I do’s.” The image of Lindsay throwing up her arms in happiness while still on her hospital bed has since gone viral.
Karas told TV station WFSB,
She’s getting to shout from the rooftops that she loves Dave and is able to say, ‘I’m his wife.’
Mosher, 35, described the photo, “It reminds me of someone who is crossing the finish line of a marathon or something.”
Lindsay then died of the cancer hours after she and Mosher were wed at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Lindsay and Mosher met at a dance class in 2015, and Mosher was ready to propose after a year.
After Lindsay was diagnosed in 2015, Mosher did propose in a big way, complete with a horse-drawn carriage. Karas then helped her friend plan the wedding of her dreams right after.
Karas said, “She was so hopeful. The way we would talk about it, you always kind of felt this isn’t it.”
Lindsay told Karas she was afraid she wouldn’t make it until her wedding day, and when her turn took a turn for the worse, her family, friends and doctors moved quickly. They rescheduled the wedding originally intended for December 30 and planned to lay Lindsay’s wedding gown on her, in case she was too weak to wear it. But Lindsay managed to put the dress on and made it to the hospital’s chapel, where she and Mosher exchanged vows.
“That moment right there was like, ‘Death, I’m not afraid of you! I am so in love and I am going to celebrate that love right now,’” Karas said.
Lindsay was buried on December 30, the day she was originally meant to be wed.