Terminally ill newlywed checks into hospice

Last updated 14:35 10/03/2014
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SPECIAL COUPLE: Vivian and Jack Waller with daughter Sophie on their wedding day. The couple are back from their honeymoon and are staying in a hospice.

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Terminally ill new bride Vivian Waller, 20, has checked into an Auckland hospice after a three night honeymoon in Rotorua.

Her husband Jack has moved in with her and both are taking each day as it comes.

The Hibiscus Coast parents of Sophie, 10 months, were engaged for just one week and married on February 22 after Vivian was diagnosed with cancer in several organs.

Their story captured the imaginations of New Zealanders who donated, volunteered and offered everything needed to make the wedding happen - including the honeymoon at Treetops Lodge.

"We were supposed to be there three nights but unfortunately on the last night we had to go to Rotorua Hospital because Vivian was in a lot of pain," Jack says.

"The staff at the lodge were so kind and friendly, they really helped Viv out if there was anything she needed. The general manager even drove us to the hospital."

The couple returned on Sunday last week and Viv booked herself in to the Hibiscus Hospice.

"Viv was strong and checked herself into hospice by herself as I had got a virus and was sick," Jack says. "We had to spend the whole day separated as I didn't want her to get sick and I was in pain."

Jack moved in once he recovered.

He says Viv has some doctors' appointments this week but at this stage may not be well enough for chemotherapy.

"If she gets chemotherapy she will get sicker, and so it's quality versus quantity."

The Wallers say they are grateful for the help and generosity that's come their way.

"To have such a beautiful wedding and reception was just amazing," they say.  "Thank you so much to all those who supported us."

A fundraising page has been created to help support the family and the future of the couple's child Sophie. It has so far raised over $52,000.

Go to givealittle.co.nz/cause/VivianandSophie to donate.

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