Rugby player, 22, dies one day after marrying love of his life in dream ceremony

Rugby player, 22, dies one day after marrying love of his life in dream ceremony

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 A terminally-ill dad died a day after marrying the love of his life in an emotional garden ceremony in front of family and friends  Rugby union player Navar Herbert, whose funeral will be held on his son’s first birthday, was diagnosed with a brain tumour nine months ago and his condition rapidly deteriorated with no chance of survival  The 22-year-old and his partner Maia Falwasser were determined to get married as he battled a cancerous sarcoma, and they tied the knot at in intimate ceremony as he had just hours to live  Guests were brought to tears as Mr Herbert held his wife’s hand and told her how much he loves her after she walked down the aisle    Footage from the couple’s big day shows his groomsmen helping him to get dressed for his big day before bringing him down the aisle in a wheelchair  His bride wipes away tears as she walks down the aisle, while holding her mother’s hand  As she joins Mr Herbert under a canopy, he takes her hand and tells her that he loves her, and she leans down to kiss and hug him  Their young son Kyrie, wearing a white shirt and a bow tie, also features in the video  His father won’t be around when he turns one on July 2.  People who watched the video online told how they were brought to tears  The couple exchanged vows in a garden in Gold Coast, Australia, the day before Mr Herbert lost his battle with cancer  Following the ceremony, family and friends performed an emotional haka for the newlyweds as Mr Herbert became emotional and teared up  He died on Tuesday night.  Mr Herbert had received the devastating diagnosis just weeks after his son was born in July last year  Widow Ms Falwasser shared footage of the wedding on a GoFundMe page set up to raise money to repatriate Mr Herbert’s body to New Zealand  It was his final wish to be buried in his hometown of Kotahitanga Marae.  In a touching tribute to her late husband, Ms Falwasser wrote on the GoFundMe page: “Today my heart is heavy and sad, I lost my best friend, Husband and the Father to our Son  “I feel absolutely showered in LOVE by friends and family, this is a hard time, however i do find my strength and refuge in everybody’s support How to spot the signs of a brain tumour  Brain tumours are notoriously difficult to diagnose, as there are more than 120 different types, says Brain Tumour Research  Most develop from glial cells that support the nerve cells of the brain.  And they can present themselves with a wide variety of symptoms, depending on which part of the brain is affected  The most common symptoms – usually headaches and/or vomiting/nausea – occur when the growing tumour increases pressure in the skull  The headaches can be severe and persistent, and are often worse in the morning.  Other symptoms of intracranial pressure can include: Visual disturbance Convulsions (fits or faints, particularly for those over 40) Confusion  Other common symptoms can include: Loss of balance or co-ordination Numbness or weakness on one side of the body Changes in personality Impaired memory or mental ability such as loss of intellect, blurred or double vision, changes in senses including small and hearing, problems with speech, writing or drawing, and problems with averting the eyes upwards  Brain stem symptoms can include lack of co-ordination when walking, double vision, difficulty in swallowing and speaking, and facial weakness such as a one-sided smile or drooping eyelid  Brain Tumour Research says: “In order to diagnose the presence of a brain tumour an MRI or CT scan is imperative  “If your doctor has failed to satisfy you as to the cause of your symptoms be adamant about getting a referral to a specialist, who should then send you for such a scan  “Navar’s Journey has just begun, shortly we will be taking him back to Kotahitanga Marae, where he has asked to be laid to rest  “He has impacted so many people near and far, and he will always be in our memories and have a special place in our hearts  “As expected, costs to take Navar back home along with his immediate family have been quite extensive, and to give us every opportunity to spend our last moments spending time with him, we are asking for donations to assist with this Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now  “I am truly truly appreciative of your support I hope you enjoy our wedding video xx.”  She posted a photo of herself and her husband on Facebook following his death, writing: “My forever and always In sickness & in health.”  Ms Falwasser had announced on Facebook on June 1 that doctors told the couple that there were no further treatments available for Mr Herbert, and his cancer had spread and was terminal  Mr Herbert’s former rugby club, the Nerang Bulls, has organised a celebration of his life  The club wrote on Facebook : “Nerang Bulls Rugby Union Club Committee would like to send all our love to our own Herbert Family on the sad news this morning that Navar has grown his wings overnight ”  Mr Herbert’s funeral will be held next Tuesday, his son’s first birthday. Facts about brain tumours  Brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age, but they kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer  Yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours, according to campaigners In the UK, about 16,000 people are diagnosed each year with a brain tumour – or almost 44 people a day It is estimated that more than 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour die each year Less than 20 per cent of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50 per cent across all cancers Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia, more women under 35 than breast cancer and more men under 45 than prostate cancer, according to Brain Tumour Research  The GoFundMe had raised more than £46,000 (AUD $84,000) within two days of being set up  Thousands of pounds have been donated by strangers.  One donor wrote on the page: “Your video brought tears to my eyes sending all my love rest in peace keep watch over your whanau Fly high.”  Another wrote: “When he looked up at you his wife to be he seen the beauty of this world in his eyes his forever and eternity my heart grew heavy and I want to be apart of helping him to come home for his final journey  “I’m sorry I couldn’t donate more and I’m very sorry for your loss.”  And one posted: “Safe journeys home to the Motherland Navar!! Much love Herbert/Falwasser ”  On Wednesday, an “inspirational” make-up artist lost her cancer battle just one week after marrying her partner  Eimear Gooderham, 25, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at just 22 before she and her family campaigned tirelessly to find a potential stem cell match

12 thoughts on “Rugby player, 22, dies one day after marrying love of his life in dream ceremony”

  1. Sorry for the loss and I had just seen the marriage video and it made me cry so did this. Prayers going out

  2. You don’t have to makes him happy on his last day but you did for that manhoods salute you for your unconditional love now in the eyes of society your kindness elevated among those who’s love just for love not for an objective precise thank you

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