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Terminal Patient Celebrates Golden Wedding Anniversary with Wife

Chua Lye Hock, a patient of Tzu Chi’s Home Palliative Care team, suffers from terminal respiratory failure. Chua is clear about his health condition and knew that he might not live for another two years to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife. A nurse from the Palliative Care team found out his thoughts during a home care visit, and the nursing team quickly arranged for a photography session to celebrate the couple’s golden wedding anniversary in advance.

After being married for 50 years, Chua and his wife put on their wedding attire again.  He was overjoyed to see his wife dressed up.  

Home Palliative Care Patient, Chua Lye Hock  :Wow! My bride is wearing all red today?

79-year-old Chua, who suffers from terminal respiratory failure, has been a patient of Tzu Chi Home Palliative Care team for more than a year. The team inadvertently discovered that the couple will be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in two years’ time. 

Home Palliative Care Patient, Chua Lye Hock   :50th year anniversary is an important milestone in a marriage, so we wished to put on our wedding attire again to celebrate it. But then I thought: ‘Forget it… Since I’m so sick, we’re not going to do that. I don't have a healthy body to go through the process again.’ 

Thus, the nursing team worked together with Tzu Chi’s photography team to fulfill Chua’s wish. His living room was transformed into a photo studio—it was a simple and yet sincere effort.

TIMA doctor: Remember to smile during the photography session, okay?

Chua, who was breathing through a nasal tube, exuded joy as he held his wife’s hands.

Chua Lye Hock’s wife :(Are you touched?) Yeah, a little…

Home Palliative Care Patient, Chua Lye Hock :I feel really good today. This is special, and I’m very happy about it.

Chua and his wife had walked through decades to arrive at the era of colour photos, and they are still as loving as ever, faithfully living out their wedding vow: “…be true to each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.”

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