Heartbreaking moment teenage sweetheart ties the knot only three days before he died from leukaemia
This is the heartbreaking moment two teenage sweethearts tied the knot – only three days before the husband died from leukaemia.
Just days after Omar Al Shaikh slipped a makeshift wedding ring made of flowers on to blushing bride Amie Cresswell’s finger, he tragically passed away.
Having found out he only had days left to live, the 16-year-old was determined to wed Amie, also 16, in a hospital ceremony.
In a highly emotional ceremony, Amie wore a pale pink dress as she said I do with her boyfriend of eight months.
Omar, from the Brierley Hill area of Birmingham, lost his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia on Monday June 24.
Devoted new bride Amie said: “I’m still absolutely heartbroken.
“Omar wanted to get married before he died and when he proposed I just jumped at the chance.
“We had talked about getting married but never imagined we would be 16. We thought we would grow old together.
“The ceremony was so sad, but really lovely.”
Omar, a former Air Cadet and sports lover, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia after fainting during a football match in Easter 2014.
Because of his mixed Arabic and Romanian heritage, finding a match proved extremely difficult.
The couple met while they were both at Four Dwellings Academy in the Quinton area of Birmingham.
Amie said: “We met while Omar was in remission.
“I’d seen him around school a bit but we just got closer together.
“When he was told it had come back it was just a massive shock.
“I knew I wanted to stand by him through it all.
“He is such a lovely soul – I wanted to spend as much time as I had with him as possible.”
By the time stem cells could be found, thanks to an umbilical cord transfer, he was too ill to have the transplant.
After his last round of chemotherapy, on Sunday June 14, doctors told him the cancer had got into his bone marrow and he had less than one week left to live.
Amie said: “When Omar told me what the doctors said it just took my breath away.
“He proposed on the Wednesday and I just didn’t think twice.
“We asked our parents, and they both gave us permission.
“Mum told me to do whatever I needed to make him happy.
“Obviously we had to do everything as quickly as possible before he passed away.”
In a rush, the whole ceremony was arranged in just one day and family and friends rallied around for the devoted couple.
One of Omar’s friends – Jo Khalaf, whose son Sam also has leukaemia – provided a dress and her daughter Lulu was Amie’s bridesmaid.
Amie’s mum, Becky Cook, who works in a supermarket, said: “It was such an emotional evening.
“Obviously it was a really lovely ceremony but it just came about from such heartbreaking circumstances.
“Omar was such a nice boy and, knowing he didn’t have long left to live, I just wanted them to have their big day.
“You could see how much it meant to him.
“The smile on his face told you that.”
The couple had arranged to get married at 10pm in the hospital, but the ceremony was delayed as Omar wanted to pick up a shirt and have a final cooked meal at home with his mum, Mirabela.
Amie said: “It was only really simple but we had all close family and friends around us which was the most important thing for us.
“Jo is a makeup artist and she was really helpful.
“She brought me a dress and did my makeup for me.
“I had 10 minutes to get ready in the corridor before we started but she did a great job.”
Omar used a makeshift ring made of flowers as the emotional Islamic ceremony took place at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Amie said: “He said he wanted the whole world to see him marry me.
“As he put the ring on my finger he said wish he had more time with me.
“I really wish we had too, but I’m just so glad we had the chance to make this happy memory.
“The doctors had said he had less than seven days to live but he hung on for just over a week.
“I think he just wanted to prove a point and show how strong he was.”
Omar passed away on Monday June 22, and, in keeping with his religion, his funeral was held the following day.
Amie said: “It’s been a really emotional past 10 days.
“From his last treatment to the funeral yesterday, everything has been a whirlwind.
“The funeral service was the perfect send off.
“Everything had been arranged how he wanted it.”
A fundraising page has been set up to support for Omar’s family which is – https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/jo-khalaf-1.