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Man With Alzheimer's Disease Proposes To Wife Of 34 Years

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Desmond Downs

A 68-year-old man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease has proposed to his wife of 34 years after he had forgotten they were already married.

Michael Joyce and his wife, Linda, 64, renewed their vows on January 20 in front of all their family and friends. Linda said tying the knot for the second time was the "happiest day" of her life.

The pair were in bed when he woke his wife up in the middle of the night to ask her to be his bride.

"He looked me straight in the eyes and stuttered: 'Will you marry me?' Of course I will, darling," Linda told Stuff.co.nz.

"You don't say, oh, we're already married. So, I said, of course I will, thinking he might not remember," Linda said.

While Linda didn't think Michael would remember the proposal, he surprised her the next day by asking her: "So, when are we doing this?"

With the possibility of it being the last chance for the couple to renew their vows, Linda put out a call for assistance on community website Neighbourly, where she was "blown away" by the responses she received. An overwhelming number of generous people offered to help organize the event - all for free.

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