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Groom Waits Until Wedding Day To Tell Guests He Was Misdiagnosed As Terminally Ill

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A 23-year-old man waited until his wedding day to tell his loved ones he had been misdiagnosed as terminally ill.

Jack Kane proposed to his girlfriend Emma Clarke after he had been misdiagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his spine, and only had a few weeks to live.

According to the Daily Mirror, the couple had only been together for three years when Kane asked his nurses to help him get down on one knee to propose to the love of his life.

Despite suffering from back pain and being unable to walk, the tentative diagnosis came as a terrifying shock. The couple decided to make the most of their time left together and tied the knot only eight days later at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, England.

"I was always going to marry her – we’ve known each other for nearly ten years and have been together for the last three. From the day I first met her I knew I wanted to be with her," Kane said.

However, before the couple wed, Kane discovered the real reason behind his deteriorating health.

Prior to his nuptials, Kane's biopsy results came back, and doctors told him they got the diagnosis wrong. Instead, they said he most likely has neuromyelitis optica, also known as Devic’s disease - a genetic condition where a patient will suffer from inflammation in the spinal cord and optic nerve.

When Kane found out he decided to only tell his bride-to-be and immediate family, keeping his newfound diagnosis a secret from the rest of his 130 wedding guests - until the reception.

Kane finally broke down in his wedding speech, telling his family and friends the astounding news.

"The doctors have done some further tests and they came back positive - I am not terminal," he said.

"For a moment you could have heard a pin drop in the room of about 130 people then it sank in and we had tears, cheers and everyone clapping. It was a moment I’ll never forget," Clarke added. "The love, support and strength we’ve received from family, friends and people who just heard we were getting married has been absolutely overwhelming."

Despite still suffering from a serious condition, Kane remains to be optimistic about the future and the appreciative of the life he has now.

“My legs may never come back but there are people worse off than me. I won’t be beaten by something I can’t see," he said.

Do you think Kane should have waited until his wedding to tell his relatives about his real diagnosis?

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