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    The Parents Of A Terminally Ill Boy Granted His Dying Wish By Marrying At His Bedside

    Corey Edwards died aged 5 just days after watching his mother and father marry in front of him.

    Here is a picture of the Edwards family on their wedding day. /

    From left are Corey Edwards, 5, Isabelle (front), Jemma, 21, and Craig Edwards, 28, holding Caitlyn, 6 months.

    Corey was born with a congenital heart defect. He went through eight traumatic open heart surgeries in a bid to save his life.

    He had one wish – to see his parents get married. However, due to his poor health, their plans had constantly been put on hold.

    But Corey's condition deteriorated after he was admitted to hospital in January with a cold. His parents were told he might only have days to live. /

    So the staff at Bristol Children's Hospital helped them marry at his bedside on Saturday.

    Corey held the wedding rings. /

    It took them 48 hours to plan the wedding, and five days later, he passed away. The couple received special permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury so the wedding could go ahead.

    Corey's father described it as a "special day". /

    He told ITV that he and his wife thought they would "cheer him up a bit". He added that Corey was very proud: "He looked very handsome. I think he really enjoyed it, which was the main thing."

    The hospital's chaplain, the Reverend Stephen Oram, described the day as "emotional".


    He told ITV: "It was fulfilling the wish of a dying child. It was also emotional because we knew the outcome for poor Corey isn't going to be a good outcome and everyone was just aware of the specialness of the day for Mr and Mrs Edwards and Corey."

    The couple had "rushed into town" in order to buy their wedding rings.

    Ben Birchall / PA Wire/Press Association Images

    Corey's father told ITV: "Chairs were pulled together to form an aisle and decorations were put up to make it feel like a wedding venue. It may not have been the day we had initially planned in our heads but it didn't matter to us."