By Luke Kenton
This is the tear-jerking moment a husband proposes to his cancer-stricken wife to renew their vows, after 31 years together.
Down on one knee in front of his wife Tania as she undergoes chemotherapy, Marcos Cesar De Oliveira has a very special question to ask his soul-mate, after more than three-decades together.
A rapturous applause breaks out among the nurses in attendance, as the father-of-four presents a diamond ring at the foot of Tania’s bed, asking for her hand in marriage for the second time.
Looking at her husband in disbelief, the stage-four gall bladder cancer patient can barely believe what she’s seeing, but her confusion soon turns to elation, as she declares ‘yes, yes’ several times over.
The couple’s son Icaro said: “None of us had any idea about the proposal, he had planned it all in secret.
“My mother had been having such hard days trying to cope with the chemo and my father wanted to give her something to look forward to, a purpose to stay alive and believe.
“I was overcome with joy to see my mum glow and see how much my dad has stepped up since the diagnosis, where he even left his job to care for her.
“For the first time in a long time, I cried tears of joy instead of sadness for my mum.”
Tania was diagnosed with stage-four gall bladder cancer in late 2016 and since has since undergone numerous operations and ten rounds of chemotherapy.
But all her hardships seemed long forgotten as the couple sealed the proposition with a loving kiss, as if they were getting engaged again for the very first time.
Icaro said: “My mother was completely shocked, but she was so happy she couldn’t stop show
ing the ring off to the nurses.
“The nurses have been incredible throughout her treatment and she’s built up such strong bonds with them all.
“You can tell how much this moment meant to them too, as they were all tearing up and cheering.
“The date is set for late October, and we’re all so excited to celebrate their incredible marriage together as a family.”