Twenty-six-year-old firefighter Guo Kai arrived at the orthopedics ward of Sichuan People’s Hospital with a team of professional photographers on April 26 to surprise his bed-ridden fiancée with a wedding photo shoot for her birthday.
Dong Hui, 22, was diagnosed with malignant giant-cell tumor of the bone (GCTOB) in April, and now has difficulty even standing up. Regardless, nurses helped her put on a brown wig and change into a white dress so that she could join the photo shoot with her fiancée. According to CCTV News, Dong had to take extra painkillers just to smile and pose for the camera.
Guo said Dong had been complaining about pain in her back since last summer, but doctors found nothing wrong with her. On the evening of March 16, the couple’s one-year anniversary, the pain was unbearable, and Guo had to send her to the Sichuan Hospital. She was kept there after being diagnosed with fourth-level GCTOB.
“Cases of cure are rare, but as a mother I’ll keep trying. It is so unfair. My daughter is still so young,” Dong’s mother told reporters as she watched the birthday celebrations. Dong is being transferred to another hospital specializing in tumor treatment today.
A similar tear-jerking story from December documented as a 19-year-old woman in Sichuan threw a surprise wedding at a hospital ward for her boyfriend, who’d been diagnosed with leukemia.