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Heartbreaking moment crying bride marries cancer-affected fiance who only has months to live

Heartbreaking moment crying bride marries cancer fiance fiance who only has months to live in emotional service for their seven children

  • Alan Birch, 37, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of oral cancer
  • It meant that 90 percent of his tongue was removed and he got months to live
  • Alan is married to Debbie McDonough at Christ Church in Moreton, Dorset
  • More than 150 attended the wedding, including the seven children of the couple

A terminally ill father is married to his 12-year-old girlfriend in an emotional service for their seven children after he learned that he has only months to live.

Alan Birch, 37, was told he had three to nine months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of oral cancer more than a year ago.

The father of the Wirral exchanged vows with Debbie McDonough for more than 150 people, including a few Laurel and Hardy lookalikes, at Christ Church in Moreton, Dorset.

Alan Birch, 37, married his 12-year-old girlfriend Debbie McDonough at Christ Church in Moreton, Dorset. The groom was told that he had months to live after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of mouth cancer - and decided to marry his long-term partner

Alan Birch, 37, married his 12-year-old girlfriend Debbie McDonough at Christ Church in Moreton, Dorset. The groom was told that he had months to live after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of mouth cancer – and decided to marry his long-term partner

The beloved couple was then taken to the Leasowe Castle hotel where a 30-minute helicopter flight was imposed on them.

Their photographer John Hague was one of the many people who offered their services for free.

He said: “It was a beautiful day. Everyone was happy, although it was sad because Alan was so weak. ”

The couple alternated vows for more than 150 people before they were taken to the Leasowe Castle hotel where a 30-minute helicopter flight was imposed on them. The new bride is determined to make the last months of Alan 'as comfortable as possible'

The couple alternated vows for more than 150 people before they were taken to the Leasowe Castle hotel where a 30-minute helicopter flight was imposed on them. The new bride is determined to make the last months of Alan 'as comfortable as possible'

The couple alternated vows for more than 150 people before they were taken to the Leasowe Castle hotel where a 30-minute helicopter flight was imposed on them. The new bride is determined to make the last months of Alan ‘as comfortable as possible’

Debbie laughs with her seven children. Her older children are portrayed with dusty bridesmaid dresses, while her youngest is wearing ivory white with matching shoes and her son is humorous

Debbie laughs with her seven children. Her older children are portrayed with dusty bridesmaid dresses, while her youngest is wearing ivory white with matching shoes and her son is humorous

Debbie laughs with her seven children. Her older children are portrayed with dusty bridesmaid dresses, while her youngest is wearing ivory white with matching shoes and her son is humorous

Alan’s condition meant that 90 percent of his tongue was removed and he had grafted a skin off his leg to make a fake.

He worked as a plasterer and led a healthy lifestyle before his terminal diagnosis.

About the decision to get married, Debbie told the Mirror: “The kids always asked us when we were getting married, but the main reason is that we don’t know how long Alan has left.”

Debbie and Alan get a quick photo with a pair of Laurel and Hardy lookalikes attending their special day. The bride is in awe of the wedding and admits that it “has not really sunk yet”

The bride, who was reduced to tears, said that their spectacular day had “absolutely shocked her” and “not yet really sunk.”

Doctors believe that her long-term partner has only three to nine months to live and Debbie is determined to make these last months “as comfortable as possible.”

“The cancer he can usually heal is usually cured, but he got it in a very aggressive form. Every time they operated, it came back worse. ”

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