Texas Man Dies of Leukemia Hours After Getting Married

Raul and Yvonne Hinojosa pose with three of their children for a picture after the wedding
Raul and Yvonne Hinojosa pose with three of their children for a picture after the wedding

A Texas man got his dying wish to marry his fiancée thanks to a scrappy hospital staff and his dedicated family, who cobbled together an inpatient wedding ceremony hours before he died.

On Friday morning, 33-year-old Raul Hinojosa, nearing the end of a four-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, told the staff of Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo he needed one last thing.

“I want to marry her,” said Hinojosa, according to the Amarillo Globe-News. “I want her to be mine.”

Hinojosa was talking about his longtime bride-to-be, 34-year-old Yvonne Lamas, who he asked to marry in 2007, the Globe-News reported. He dreamed of the perfect wedding for his future bride and over the years tried to save enough money to make it a reality.

So on Friday, with hours left in Hinojosa’s life, a nurse put out the call to hospital staff to see if they could grant Hinojosa’s final request, the Globe-News said. Within hours, the hospital’s staff was able to organize a wedding ceremony, complete with a wedding cake made in the hospital cafeteria, CNN reported. A hospital staff member gave Hinojosa the suit off his back, family members fetched Lamas a wedding dress and the hospital’s chaplain secured a marriage license when a judge waived a 3-day waiting period.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Sean Rossman