Bride fulfills her dying wish to get married
Woman Fulfills Her Husband's Last Wish By Giving Birth to Their Miracle Baby A Year After He Died
Jeni Bluett met her husband Jim on boat cruise to Cairo in 2003. "I was 19 and we just clicked, I'd found my soulmate," she told theDaily Mail.
Jim, who was from Limerick, Ireland, and Jeni, from England, moved to Bahrain together in 2005 so that they could both teach. Before they left the UK, Jim's dad noticed that his son had a mole on his shoulder. Jim had it removed and for the next five years didn't give it another thought until he turned 31 and got a cough that wouldn't quit.
"At first doctors told us it might be a form of adult asthma or a chronic lung disease but he was only 31 and had never smoked," Jeni said. "When doctors scanned him they found a tumor in his lung which they believed was a secondary cancer from the mole."
Shortly after his cancer diagnosis, Jim proposed to Jeni during a weekend getaway in Dubai.
"Even then Jim was so positive. He began trying a cocktail of new drugs and in October 2011 the doctors told us all the tumors had gone–we thought there had been some kind of miracle cure. But after suffering headaches that November we were dealt a second devastating blow. Jim had four brain tumours. We just went into shock."
After doctors told Jim that "time was running out," Jeni said, "We knew then we were getting married as soon as possible."
The two were wed in Jim's hometown by his uncle, a local priest in December 2011.
"It was hastily arranged but it was a beautiful day, filled with love," she told the Daily Mail.
As they began their life as newlyweds, Jim's spirits remained positive despite his bleak prognosis.
"Jim was just so positive he was still running around. Even when he had grueling chemotherapy and radiotherapy he still didn't slow down," Jeni explained. "Jim was such a free spirit and so carefree, passionate and fun. He grabbed life by the horns and I don't know anyone who ever met him who didn't fall in love with him, including me."
"We were hugely positive and were not going to let cancer take over our dreams of happiness and we were planning our lives together. We wanted to have a family and had so much to live for," she said.
Jim's condition steadily worsened and in February 2012, he passed away. However before he did, he froze his sperm.
After his passing, Jeni and Jim's family comforted themselves by shaving their heads in honorarium of Jim and raising over ,000 for cancer charities. "Jim would have laughed so much if he'd been there with us," she said.
But Jeni had one final way she wanted to honor her husband. She decided to fulfill Jim's wish of becoming a father.
"I was adamant I was going to go ahead with the fertility treatment as I couldn't cope with him never coming back. I wanted a part of Jim with me always."
Jeni, who ultimately conceived through intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where a single sperm is injected directly into the egg and then the fertilized egg is placed into the womb, initially had trouble getting pregnant.
"Sadly my first attempt with the treatment didn't work but I wasn't going to give up. Jim wouldn't have, so neither would I."
When she found out she was pregnant with twins, Jeni said she was ecstatic but she suffered from heartbreak when she went into labor at only five months pregnant.
'The babies where literally falling out and as I was only 21 weeks, so not even considered viable."
"I wasn't in pain but the bleeding began to get horrendous. As I was on the tilt I couldn't move, go to the toilet or even cough. I just had to lie there. They gave me gas and air more for my mental state not for the pain. I felt like I was going mad."
"I always had Jim's wedding ring around my neck so it was just thinking of him and us together that kept me sane."
The hemorrhaging became so uncontrollable that her doctors suggested they induce labor however if she did that, she risked losing both babies so she refused.
"I was determined to go through with it. I'd lost Jim I couldn't give up on my children."
Her little girls, Pixie and Lillie, were born nearly three weeks later, at 23 weeks gestation.
"Seeing them was a shock as they were so tiny and their eyes and fingers were fused together, but I was thankful they were alive and they were here and they were beautiful and perfect. I put a picture of Jim in each of their incubators so they could have their dad with them."
Her babies required 24-hour care. Jeni said, "It was such a hard time but I drew strength from thinking of Jim. My family and Jim's were amazing support but I just wished Jim was with me as he was, and is, the only person who makes me feel safe."
Sadly, Lillie passed away that November.
"The girls had never even met since they were born as they were in separate incubators. I only got the chance to push the incubators together once so they could look at each other and know they weren't alone."
"I feel like I gave birth to two beautiful identical little girls for a reason, and that's so Jim and I can have one each, so neither of us will ever be lonely," she said.
'That's the only way I can comprehend in my mind about losing Jim and Lillie as I know they are in heaven together."
Lillie's ashes were spread at the same place Jim was laid to rest so she could "be with her father."
Jeni said that Pixie, who talks to a photo of Jim before bed each night, is becoming more like her dad every day. "She's the splitting image, and is as cheeky as him as well."
"I know Jim desperately wanted to be a dad and he used to live life to the fullest.
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