Terminally ill Bermudian in UK marries girlfriend
A Bermudian with terminal cancer has married his sweetheart in England.
Sherwin Hall and La’Troya Caines tied the knot in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Ms Hall said: “It was a wonderful day. We were married at our house due to Sherwin not being as mobile and needing oxygen most of the time.
“Due to lockdown we didn’t have anything big just a few friends and family over.”
Their seven-month-old son, Sancho, was also present at the ceremony last Thursday.
Mr Hall, 28, has CIC FOX04, a rare, aggressive cancer that attacks soft tissues.
Doctors earlier this month gave him weeks to live.
The couple have raised £54,743 – $73,038.11 – through a crowd funding page, which was at first scheduled for alternative treatment.
Ms Hall said: “Right now Sherwin’s prognosis is poorer so we are still looking for alternative treatments that are nearer to us.
“The reality may be that a large portion goes to getting his body back to Bermuda as well as funeral costs.”
One of Mr Hall’s final wishes was to see his six-year-old son, who lives in Bermuda, one last time.
Ms Hall said: “Sherwin would not likely be able to sustain an eight-hour flight, so it’s not possible which has had him pretty devastated.”
She added many people in Bermuda had contacted the couple to send funds or messages of encouragement.
Tishae Davis, owner of body butter business, Shea Whipped, will be donated part of the proceeds from a stall at a market last Saturday to Mr Hall’s medical treatment and expenses.
The Halls got engaged in June.
They first met in primary school in Bermuda, but lost touch.
They met up again in Leeds a few years ago.
Mr Hall moved there looking for a better life and Ms Hall moved to study for a legal degree.
Mr Hall was working as a dog breeder when he started to suffer pelvic pain last September and later developed a lump near his rectum.
The pain spread to his right leg and buttock.
He visited a Leeds hospital several times, but he said he struggled to get British doctors to take his problems seriously because they were focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.
One doctor insisted it was a sexually transmitted disease, another said it was an infection and a third thought there was an abscess and tried to drain it.
Mr Hall said he thought the ‘abscess’ was the primary tumour and that cutting it probably made things worse.
He added the doctor did not scan the area and did not check the fluid afterwards.
Mr Hall learnt in June that he had stage four cancer.
He went through four cycles of one type of chemotherapy and two of another, without success.
The couple said they are seeking legal advice.
Ms Hall said she felt that if her husband had received an MRI sooner, his prognosis might have been better.
Doctors stopped palliative chemotherapy on November 22 when he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and a yeast infection – life threatening for someone with a weakened immune system.
He developed the fresh medical problems after a trip to Tijuana, Mexico as part of a search for alternative treatment.
The couple returned to England after only a few days and Mr Hall’s condition worsened.
Mrs Hall wrote on the couple’s crowd funding page: “He is in well enough spirits and if you know him, you know that he is still looking for a way to fight. Please keep him in your prayers.”