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23-year-old melanoma patient told she has ‘days to live’ and marries the love of her life at SeaWorld

Pictured: Ashleigh Simrajh on her Saturday wedding day

Pictured: Ashleigh Simrajh on her Saturday wedding day

A terminally ill young woman diagnosed with cancer more than a year after she learned that the lump on her leg was likely a wart, married the love of her life in an emotional ceremony at Sea World Resort.

Ashleigh Simrajh, 23, and Jason Hale said ‘I do’ in front of 50 of their closest family and friends on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Her father Tony said the marriage was both the saddest and happiest day of his life, after the world of the family was turned upside down by Ashleigh’s disease.

“ We were told in late August that she had one to three days to live and her strength to be here 12 days later to get married showed how important it was to her, ” her father Tony told Daily Mail Australia .

Ashleigh, a ‘fanatic’ Essendon fan, has used all her energy throughout her battle with cancer to encourage others to have their skin checked regularly and question a doctor’s diagnosis if something doesn’t feel right.

Ashleigh was 20 years old when she saw a lump on her leg and went to the doctor to have it checked. But the family claims the doctor thought it was nothing more than a wart and sent her to a surgeon without taking a biopsy.

Ashleigh was 20 years old when she saw a lump on her leg and went to the doctor to have it checked. But the family claims the doctor thought it was nothing more than a wart and sent her to a surgeon without taking a biopsy.

Ashleigh was 20 years old when she saw a lump on her leg and went to the doctor to have it checked. But the family claims the doctor thought it was nothing more than a wart and sent her to a surgeon without taking a biopsy.

Ashleigh Simrajh and Jason Hale said 'I do' on Saturday in front of 50 of their immediate family and friends on the Gold Coast.

Ashleigh Simrajh and Jason Hale said 'I do' on Saturday in front of 50 of their immediate family and friends on the Gold Coast.

Ashleigh Simrajh and Jason Hale said ‘I do’ on Saturday in front of 50 of their immediate family and friends on the Gold Coast.

Ashleigh was 20 years old when she saw a lump on her leg and went to the doctor to have it checked.

But the family claims the doctor thought it was nothing more than a wart and sent her to a surgeon without taking a biopsy.

“She first saw a GP in 2018 who told her it was a wart and referred her to a specialist,” Simrajh said.

Ash thought it was a skin specialist, but we now know he was a general surgeon who again told her it was cosmetic and would cost $ 2,500 to be removed.

“Neither biopsied it, and Ashleigh left with the reassurance that it was nothing to worry about.”

But overtime Ashleigh’s bump got painful when she patted it, and she knew something wasn’t right.

Ashleigh is pictured on Saturday with her bridesmaid and sister Chelsea

Ashleigh is pictured on Saturday with her bridesmaid and sister Chelsea

Ashleigh is pictured on Saturday with her bridesmaid and sister Chelsea

Ashleigh, a 'fanatic' Essendon fan, has used all her energy in her battle with cancer to encourage others to have their skin checked regularly and question a doctor's diagnosis if something doesn't feel right

Ashleigh, a 'fanatic' Essendon fan, has used all her energy in her battle with cancer to encourage others to have their skin checked regularly and question a doctor's diagnosis if something doesn't feel right

Ashleigh, a ‘fanatic’ Essendon fan, has used all her energy in her battle with cancer to encourage others to have their skin checked regularly and question a doctor’s diagnosis if something doesn’t feel right

“When it started to bleed, she went to another doctor who immediately did a biopsy and told her two days later that it was melanoma,” said Mr. Simrajh.

“She now has lung cancer, liver cancer, cancer in her breast, and only days to live.”

Mr. Simrajh said that the whole family is “devastated”.

‘A disappointment is not how I would describe it. I would describe it as we were betrayed for trusting the medical professionals, ”he said.

She believed them and continued her life as if nothing was wrong.

If it had been diagnosed when she first visited, she wouldn’t be where she is today.

Mr Simrajh said the family’s life has been put on hold for 12 months and they are all afraid of what will happen to Ashleigh.

Ash now weighs 34 kilograms and is skin and bone. She’s under palliative care and struggles for every breath, ”he said.

Tony Simrajh said the family's life has been put on hold for 12 months and they are all scared of what will happen to Ashleigh

Tony Simrajh said the family's life has been put on hold for 12 months and they are all scared of what will happen to Ashleigh

Tony Simrajh said the family’s life has been put on hold for 12 months and they are all scared of what will happen to Ashleigh

Ashleigh and her family have taken legal action against two practitioners.

‘How do you actually replace a life? How do you overcome the pain and suffering Ashleigh has had and the impact on our family? How do you never see her again or have her grandchildren? Said Mr. Simrajh.

“I would do or give anything to have Ashleigh in my life forever, she’s not only my daughter, but she’s my best friend.

“I will never be able to fill that void, our family will never be whole and we will never be the same again.”

Mr Simrajh said the lawsuit is not about money, but about ‘acknowledging their mistakes and taking responsibility’.

He hopes to spread his daughter’s message: Get your skin checked and trust your instincts.

“If you don’t feel like the doctors are doing the basic things, like a biopsy, have someone else check it out too,” he said.

Over time, Ashleigh's bump got painful when she patted it and she knew something wasn't right

Over time, Ashleigh's bump got painful when she patted it and she knew something wasn't right

Over time, Ashleigh’s bump got painful when she patted it and she knew something wasn’t right

Ashleigh received a letter from Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanking her for her efforts to remind Australians of the dangers of skin cancer.

She also received a call from Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk ahead of her wedding on Saturday.

“The Prime Minister heard about it and wrote her that wonderful letter that gave her the strength to carry on, it was such a nice thing to do and meant so much to her,” said Mr Simrajh.

Annastacia called her in person and sent flowers on her wedding day. She even gave Ashleigh her cell number so Ash could send her wedding photos and reach her if she needed anything.

Ash has received so many letters of support and people who have had their skin rechecked to find out they also have melanoma. Ashleigh has saved lives that she really has. ”

The wedding was both the happiest and the saddest day in Mr. Simrajh’s life.

Ashleigh received a letter from Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanking her for her efforts to remind Australians of the dangers of skin cancer.

Ashleigh received a letter from Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanking her for her efforts to remind Australians of the dangers of skin cancer.

Ashleigh received a letter from Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanking her for her efforts to remind Australians of the dangers of skin cancer.

“It was heartbreaking to see her so vulnerable on what should have been her happiest day, yet it was very inspiring to see the love that was in the room for her,” he said.

Ashleigh was ‘exhausted’ after the ceremony and watched the reception from her bed.

Ashleigh and her father were unable to dance due to COVID-19 restrictions and listened to Bruno Mars’ Count On Me while their father / daughter danced.

The guests really slammed it as I tried in between crying while her mom Tracey and sister held her hand. It put a smile on her face, ”he said.

The family has one GoFundMe page to share Ashleigh’s story and spread her message.

“Ashleigh is 23 years old and has terminal cancer because a GP and specialist do not perform basic tests such as a biopsy,” the page reads.

She’s on a mission to get her story out there so that young people can get checked out, as well as to have another doctor see if you’re still unsure. That would have saved her life if she had. ‘

The family has a GoFundMe page to share Ashleigh’s story and spread her message. “Ashleigh is 23 years old and has terminal cancer because a GP and specialist do not perform basic tests such as a biopsy,” the page reads.

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