Woman battling cancer dies hours after hospital wedding: “Nobody thought she’d make it that far”
HARTFORD, Connecticut — A photo has gone viral after a cancer patient was able to marry the love of her life, before passing away 18 hours later. The wedding happened at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut just a few days before Christmas.
“It reminds me of someone who is crossing the finish line of a marathon or something,” said David Mosher.
Mosher’s wife, Heather Mosher, passed away just 18 hours after getting married.
“Nobody thought she would’ve made it that far. She proved them all wrong and that’s what that photo says to me,” David Mosher said.
Christina Kara is the bridesmaid who captured the pure joy and defiance in the face of death.
“She’s getting to shout from the rooftops that she loves Dave and is able to say ‘I’m his wife,'” Karas said.
David and Heather’s love story started 2.5 years ago in May 2015 when they met at swing dancing class.
“We were just kind of inseparable after that,” David Mosher said.
The relationship moved fast. December 23rd, 2016 would be a pivotal, yet bittersweet day for the couple — Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“She didn’t know I was going to propose that night, but I said to myself, she needs to know she’s not going to go down this road alone,” David Mosher said.
Later that December night, David Mosher went through with the proposal.
“A pair of draft horses, a carriage, and I arranged it all for that night. We went out on the carriage ride and I proposed to her under a street light,” David Mosher explained.
Five days later, the diagnosis was triple negative, one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer.
“We would go to Dana Farber weekly. We were going to natural doctors. Our life became consumed with cancer,” David Mosher said.
This past year would be the hardest, most heartbreaking year for David and Heather Mosher. In September 2017, they learned the cancer spread.
“We found out it was in her brain and a couple months later, she was on life support with a breathing tube,” David Mosher said.
Many people thought Heather wouldn’t make it to October, but that’s when the fighting spirit David fell in love with took center stage.
“She was tough. Anyone else would have given up a long time ago. The doctors even said ‘we don’t know how she’s still here,'” David Mosher said.
Heather longed to live to see her wedding day, which was set for December 30th, but the hits kept coming. Doctors spoke privately with David Mosher last week about the date of the wedding.
“The doctors said ‘we know you want to get married on December 30th, but if you want to get married, you should move it up,'” David Mosher said.
So, the ceremony was moved up. It was held at the Saint Francis chapel on December 22nd with friends and family watching.
“I knew it was going to be the last time we were going to be together in a love way, it just seemed like the strangest funeral I’ve ever been to,” David Mosher said.
Heather valiantly proclaimed her vows to David.
“The last words she said were her vows,” Karas said.
The vows were too tough for Karas to document, but the bridesmaid took her camera out towards the end, just in time to capture Heather’s fleeting joy.
“We were losing her as we were all standing there, thinking, to hold onto this, because this was the last she had to give,” Karas said.
On December 23rd, just 18 hours after the ceremony, cancer would force the couple to say goodbye. It’s the same date, one year prior, when David and Heather got engaged under a street light.
“She’s my great love, and I’m going to lose her, but I’m not losing her forever,” David Mosher said.
December 30th was supposed to be the happiest day of David and Heather’s life. Instead of preparing for a wedding at Plantsville Congregational Church, David Mosher will be attending his wife’s funeral at the church, at the same time they were set to be married.
He said he’s keeping a piece of his wife’s spirit.
“Heather said, ‘I want to keep fighting,’ so that’s the mantra I’m picking up. She was able to fight til the end, I’m going to fight until my end,” David Mosher said.