The bride cries as she marries the dying boyfriend in front of their seven children

A father who was given months of life married his longtime partner in front of his seven children and over 150 guests.

Alan Birch of Wirral, who does not drink or smoke, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of mouth cancer over a year ago.

The seven-year-old, 37-year-old father exchanged vows with his partner Debbie McDonough before being taken on a 30-minute helicopter ride, according to Liverpool Echo.

The couple were greeted by a couple of laurels and Hardy alike at their reception.

It is understood that those who have been hired for weeding have offered their services for free.

Alan Birch married his longtime partner Debbie McDonough despite having been diagnosed with terminal cancer

Debbie was seen with cheerful tears in the photos when Alan held his hands in front of his family and friends.

Alan had to sit down during the ceremony because the illness made him so weak.

Joe Hague, who was the photographer at the venue, said: “It was a beautiful day. Everyone was optimistic, although he was also sad because Alan was so weak.”

Debbie and her seven children

Doctors have told Alan that the cancer is terminal and there is nothing else they can do for him.

The condition led to the removal of 90% of his tongue and he had to graft the skin of the leg to create a false tongue that allowed him to communicate.

After learning about the devastating diagnosis, Debbie, who had been Alan’s partner for 12 years, said the couple decided to get married.

“The family is in seventh heaven,” he said.

A couple of Laurel and Hardy impersonators were at the wedding reception to entertain the guests

“It has never been something we had to race before, but now we do it.

“The kids always asked us when we would get married, but the main reason is that we don’t know how long Alan has.”

Prior to his diagnosis, Alan worked as a plasterer and lived a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Her partner Debbie said, “It absolutely shocked me. It hasn’t sunk yet.

“Doctors believe he only has three to nine months left and it will be really difficult without him.

“We just want to make the rest of his life as comfortable as possible.

“Usually the cancer he has is curable, but he has taken it in a very aggressive form. Every time they have operated, it has gotten worse.”


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