Two days before Valentine’s day, 21-year-old Joshua Ordoñez and 19-year-old Lydia Dominguez were married on the 10th floor of the El Paso Children’s Hospital. The two met online in 2017, and first met in person on Thanksgiving day.
Lydia died just two days after their wedding. She was surrounded by Joshua and her family. She was first diagnosed with kidney cancer four years ago when she was just 15. When doctors went to remove the kidney, they found cancer had spread to her intestines and lymph nodes. Last October, it spread to her liver and lungs. Lydia decided to stop all treatment. And at the time of her death, she was just receiving medication to manage her pain.
It was her last wish to marry her best friend.
Posted by Humankind Stories on Friday, February 16, 2018
Audrey Garcia, director of marketing for El Paso Children’s Hospital, shared this about Lydia’s passing.
“This morning she woke up and said she was hot and she needed to do her hair. So mom put up her hair in a bun. She got a bit weak afterward and laid down. She turned to look at her husband and smiled. She sat up and gave him the biggest hug. She then laid back down, and all her family told her it was OK … she could let go. And in two breaths, she was gone.”
The wedding ceremony was organized by hospital staff. They put everything together in just four hours. They had a cake, food and a poster for guests to sign. Lydia wore a white tea-length wedding dress with red flowers in her curled brown hair.
The pair were married by Robert Warmath, a community and care pastor at Del Sol Church. Warmath called the ceremony a wedding commitment. the two didn’t have a legal marriage license. That didn’t matter to them. Joshua loves Lydia with all his heart.
Lydia had her final wish granted. She married her best friend, Joshua. God bless them. they had angels looking after them on that day. The hospital staff was so kind to organize everything. They should be commended for their generosity.