UK student with days to live marries beloved girlfriend after Glioblastoma brain tumour diagnosis

A young UK man with just days to live has married his beloved girlfriend in an emotional bedside service – just four months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Owen Copland, 20, a drama undergraduate and budding actor, suffered headaches for around a month before being diagnosed with the disease in November last year.

The third-year student at Liverpool John Moores University underwent a life-saving operation days later and since then has endured radiotherapy plus additional surgeries.

Despite Owen’s desperate fight for life, scans earlier this month revealed significant growth in the tumour – leaving doctors with no choice but to give an extremely bleak prognosis.

With potentially only days to live, Owen told his loved ones he wanted to wed his adoring girlfriend of two years, Sarah Jones, 21, who has been by his side every step of the way.

Owen in hospital. Credit: Brain Tumour Research / SWNS

Their friends and family managed to arrange a service, which took place at his house on March 8, within the space of just two hours.

Although Owen was confined to his bed, he was able to wed his beautiful bride and also enjoy the festivities, which included live music, flowers and food.

The groom’s best man Luke attended with less than 24 hours’ notice and prepared “the most beautiful speech” Owen’s mum Gill said she had ever heard.

The proposal

Speaking from his hospital bed on Tuesday, Owen said he proposed to Sarah on February 25 after getting a second opinion about his condition and realising its severity.

“When I came home I saw my girlfriend and said, ‘I want to marry you’,” he said.

Talking about the ceremony, Owen added: “It felt good to see my friends and hear my best man’s speech, who I asked to be my best man just the day before.

“I’d been wanting to be on my game and speak to my friends online but because of COVID, I couldn’t see him.

Owen and girlfriend Sarah got married.
Owen and girlfriend Sarah got married. Credit: Brain Tumour Research / SWNS

“So to get a speech from my best man in person was emotional for both of us.”

Owen said the immense support from his family, particularly mum Gill, 54, and sister Jane, 25, has been incredible.

“Before I took my family for granted and since my diagnosis I have wanted them there by my side which they have been,” he said.

“I know they will never leave me or give up on me, I love them.”

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