The 23-year-old Jack Kane, from the UK, had been told that he was dying after doctors found what they suspected to be a cancerous tumor on his spine. After being told he only had weeks to live, there was one thing he wanted to do above all else, and that was to propose to his partner Emma Clarke. The couple who have been together for three years, were planning to get married just eight days after the proposal despite Jack’s diagnosis. However, at the wedding, to an overwhelming delight, he told guests in an emotional speech that the doctors had actually misdiagnosed him. What the medics thought was a ‘terminal’ cancer was, in fact, a rare condition called neuromyelitis optica, also known as Devic’s disease.
Jack started getting severe back pains between his shoulder blades, and every time he moved his neck he was getting shooting pains and needles and hypersensitivity down his legs. Soon after, the doctors gave him the devastating news that he had terminal cancer..
But it turns out it was Devic’s disease, a heterogeneous condition consisting of the simultaneous inflammation and demyelination of the optic nerve
This disease occurs when the myelin sheath, a protective covering that surrounds the brain and spinal cord nerves is damaged.
However, Jack had so many compliments for the staff over at the hospital. “The staff on ward 27 have also been truly amazing right from the beginning,” he said, “If you have a question to ask or if you just need someone there to put a hand on your shoulder, they are there for you. We class them as family.” The pair shared the good news with their family and friends on their wedding day.
During the wedding Jack told the good news to more than 130 guests.
He started talking with tears in his eyes “the doctors have done some further tests and they came back positive – I am not terminal.”
The newlyweds described this particular moment: “For a moment you could have heard a pin drop in the room of about 130 people then it sank in and we had tears, cheers and everyone clapping. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”
The 23-year-old is currently receiving further treatment at James Cook hospital. “My legs may never come back but there are people worse off than me. I won’t be beaten by something I can’t see.”