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Woman Dies From Cancer Shortly After Marrying Her Soulmate

An Australian woman, 29-year-old Leah Debono, has died from cancer just three months after she married the love of her life, Ben Debono. Before she decided to get married, Ms. Debono was assured by her doctors that she was free of cancer.

Before she passed away, Mrs. Debono battled cancer for many years. Mrs. Debono was initially diagnosed with stage-four malignant melanoma (also known as skin cancer), which had spread all over her lungs, brain and bones. In 2013, Mrs. Debono thought that she had overcome the debilitating disease after doctors told her that the cancer was retreating. This encouraged Leah to pursue a more serious relationship with her then-boyfriend Ben Debono.

Lex Dubano, Leah’s father, has opened up about the horrifying moment he lost his daughter. “I watched her take her last breath,” he said in an interview on ’60 Minutes’. “We watched her go through something like that. You don’t want to ever have to experience that. It’s really cruel.”

Ever since Leah’s cancer had retreated, the hopeful young woman had been getting regular checkups at her local clinic. According to the Metro, Mrs. Debono was undergoing at least four intensive checkups every year since 2013. However, despite these precautions, doctors never noticed stage-four melanoma creeping back into Leah’s body.

After marrying Ben, Mrs. Debono noticed the first signs that something wasn’t right. A month after the wedding, Leah felt dizzy at work and collapsed onto the ground. When her colleagues couldn’t get a response, they immediately took her to the hospital.

However, doctors at the hospital couldn’t find anything amiss and discharged Mrs. Debono later that day. Confused and worried, Leah visited her general practitioner and asked for a checkup. After performing some basic bloodwork and physical tests, Leah’s GP concluded that she was fine. In fact, Leah’s GP told her that her deteriorating health might be from stress brought on by the recent wedding.

In the full-length ’60 Minutes’ feature, Mrs. Debono’s parents told the interviewer that, at one stage, Leah believed the dizzy spells were a sign that she was pregnant.

Since losing his wife, Ben Debono, who lives in the Central Coast of New South Wales, has lost the most precious thing in the world, telling ’60 Minutes’: “Leah will always be my wife, and my soulmate.” After losing Leah, Ben quit his job as tradesmen and sold all his possessions, including his home, so he could take his wife’s ashes on a trip across Australia. The route he is taking is the same as the long-planned honeymoon he had been meaning to take with Leah.

Ben is only accompanied by his loyal dog, Turbo, and a picture of his wife on the seat next to him. In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer, Ben has worked in conjunction with the Melanoma Institute to raise more than $40,000 for the cancer charity.

The heartbroken husband has also warned people to get a broad range of medical opinions if you’re worried about your health.

Source: Metro
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