Bride Nearly Dies on Wedding Day, Thinking Medical Emergency Was Just Nerves

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BOSTON — When a Massachusetts woman woke feeling sick to her stomach on her wedding day, she thought it was just a typical bridal symptom. “I just kind of thought, ‘Something feels a little weird, but it’s probably just nerves,'” Jill Hawkins said.

Not the case. Jill nearly died when she assumed side effects caused by a serious medical condition were nerves.

She married John during  the ceremony back in September. She told WCVB she can remember waking up and feeling sick to her stomach.

As a teen, Jill was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease of the large intestine that causes severe stomach pain. After several surgeries, she thought she was cured and everything was fine, especially since she hadn’t been sick in years.

As the day progressed, though, Jill could feel knots in her stomach pulling tighter.

“I was having a hard time standing up at that point,” she said. “In my mind, I just wanted to get down that aisle.”

Jill was able to walk down the aisle and took photos with her wedding party after the ceremony, but soon after, she was rushed to a hospital where she had emergency surgery.

Dr. James Yoo told WCVB she had a “twist” in her intestines that was cutting off blood supply to that part of the intestine.

Without treatment, she could have died, the doctor said. However, wedding jitters were not the cause.

“Nothing could have precipitated this,” he said. “I think it was just bad luck.”

According to WCVB, over 700,000 Americans suffer from ulcerative colitis.

“It’s really hard to come to terms with the fact that I could have died on my wedding night,” Jill said. “But that’s the reality.”