- A man had to bury his wife only 16 weeks after they got married
- Shortly after their nuptials, the woman was diagnosed with a deadly condition
- Mike Herz laid his bride to rest in her wedding gown to make it extra special
Michael 'Mike' Herz and his wife, 30-year-old Saima, were still in the honeymoon phase when their wedding bliss came to an abrupt end.
Only four months after promising to spend the rest of their lives together, Saima started feeling sick.
The Mirror reported the newlywed experienced flu-like symptoms and was prescribed paracetamol and bed rest.
However, the next day, after going to work, the nursery manager collapsed and was rushed to the emergency room.
Herz said his wife started having seizures and he knew she was not okay. He told his wife how much he loved her and "begged" her to stay awake.
However, Saima lost consciousness and Herz broke down in the middle of the hospital.
W24 reported a scan confirmed something much more serious than a common cold was affecting Saima.
She was diagnosed with encephalitis – which according to Mayo Clinic is a life-threatening condition where inflammation is formed on the brain.
Sadly, Saima passed away and the 29-year-old widower, who works in his family's clothing business, had to say goodbye to the love of his life only 16 weeks after she walked down the aisle.
Herz said Saima was his "everything" and he wanted to make her send-off extra special. So, the widower laid her to rest in the dress she wore on their wedding day.
He added: “She always said she wanted to wear her wedding dress again – so she was buried in it. And I asked that all the ushers from our wedding walk her coffin to her grave.”
While Herz got to tie the knot with the love of his life before she passed, another man was not so lucky.
Briefly.co.za reported previously that a heart-broken Xu Shinan's fiancée passed away before they could have their dream wedding.
Shinan did not want to lay his love to rest without fulfilling his promise so he married her at the funeral.
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