"I could have died on my wedding night"

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Bride Jill Hawkins tossing the bouquet alongside her husband John. Image: amandakate456 via Instagram.

When Jill Hawkins woke up on her wedding day, she thought the ‘weird’ feeling in her stomach was just nerves. It wasn’t until later, before she was rushed to hospital, she realised it was something much more serious. Read on for more of Jill’s wedding day disaster.

It turned out the Massachusetts bride was, in fact, experiencing complications from a life-threatening case of ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the colon. While she decided to go ahead with her wedding day, on September 19 last year, the pain gradually became more and more unbearable.

“I was having a hard time standing up at that point,” Jill told Boston TV news network, WCVB5.

“In my mind, I just wanted to get down that aisle.”

Years earlier as a teenager, Jill was diagnosed with the disease but after several major surgeries, she believed the illness was behind her – until her wedding day, that is.

She managed to make it through the vow exchange with fiance John and, even, to take some post-wedding snaps at the beach – but, within a few hours the pain was so bad, she knew something was terribly, terribly wrong.

“I was just so sick,” she said. She was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannnis in an ambulance and doctors immediately transferred her to Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She was taken straight in for emergency surgery.

“She had a twist in her intestines which cut off the blood supply to that section of the intestine,” said Dr James Yoo, Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Tufts Medical, told WCVB5.

“She could have died from that.”

While this was certainly not the wedding day Jill dreamed of, she’s grateful to have lived to tell her very unique tale.

“It’s really hard to come to terms with the fact that I could have died on my wedding night,” she told WCVB5. “But that’s the reality.”

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Bride Jill was rushed to hospital not long after this photo was taken. Image: Studio 280 Photography.

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