This Texas Hospital Staff Rallied Together to Give a Man His Dying Wish

Lindsay Dreyer
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If you had one final request, do you know what it would be? For 33-year-old Raul Hinojosa, it wasn’t even a question.

“I want to marry her,” he said from his hospital bed in Amarillo, Texas. And thanks to his family and the incredible hospital staff, he was finally able to wed his longtime fiancee, Yvonne Lamas, before passing away 36 hours later.

"He was very respectful, very romantic, and always wanted to give me the world," Lamas told CNN. "He knew how to put a smile on my face no matter the situation."

Hinojosa proposed to Lamas back in 2007, but his leukemia diagnosis prevented them from having the fairytale wedding they had always dreamed of. Although they never officially exchanged vows, Lamas promised to stay by Hinojosa’s side until the very end.

"When this illness was diagnosed," the hospital chaplain said during the ceremony, "Yvonne promised she would never leave him. She would be with him. They would do this together."

To help make their wedding day perfect, the director of the critical care unit took off his suit and gave it to Hinojosa to wear. The cooks in the hospital's cafeteria baked a wedding cake and the nurses lined up outside the hospital room while Lamas’s father walked her down a makeshift aisle.

Lamas and Hinojosa exchanged vows while surrounded by their children, family, and friends. And thanks to a judge who waved the typical 72-hour marriage license waiting period, they were immediately pronounced husband and wife.

To help Lamas with the remaining hospital bills, Hinojosa’s aunt set up a GoFundMe page where you can make a donation or leave your thoughts and prayers in the comment section.