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Bride who claimed she was dying of cancer accused of lying to get dream wedding


 

Bride who claimed she was dying of cancer accused of lying to get dream wedding

A newly-wed bride has been accused of faking cancer to trick people into paying for her dream wedding.

Jessica Vega even fooled her husband to-be that she was dying from leukaemia.

Friends donated everything from her dress to a two week honeymoon in the Caribbean so that the 23-year-old could enjoy a happy start to married life before succumbing to the disease.

But now Vega’s husband of less than four months Michael O’Connell has claimed the cancer was a sham and has filed for divorce in their U.S. hometown.

Jessica Vega

Happier times: Jessica Vega kisses her husband as they collect their marriage license allowing them to get married on a holiday island. The bride has since been accused of lying about having cancer to get gifts from well-wishers

O’Connell,23, said he was duped into marrying Vega after she showed him a letter from her doctors with the grim diagnosis about her leukaemia.

Vega is alleged to have told her fiancée that she had less than a year to live.

The couple,who have a year-old daughter called Lily, were married on May 2 in front of more than 60 friends and family.

Their heart-warming story had featured in a newspaper article in their home town of Newburgh, about 75 miles from New York city.

Jessica, a chef, claimed in the article that she had acute myeloid leukaemia but was determined to marry.

She told the newspaper that she could not bring herself to show O’Connell the letter from her doctor that revealed the diagnosis.

Readers touched by Vega’s determination to marry sent in money while others donated gifts to help the couple have a happy start to their married life.

Two tickets to the island of Aruba were donated for their honeymoon while they stayed in a villa that had been donated.

But within weeks of returning O’Connell, a construction worker, noticed that his wife’s illness was not getting worse.

He said the letter from her doctor with the terminal diagnosis was faked.

O’Connell said he telephoned the doctor’s office to inquire about his wife’s illness only to be told she was not a patient at the surgery.

Vega, who met her husband at a culinary college, has denied making up the cancer story.

She claimed the marriage ended after three months because her husband was physically abusive.

Her mother Diane said: ‘Jessica would not be so manipulative".

The local newspaper reporter who wrote the official story attempted to accompany Jessica to see her doctor but she failed to turn up for the appointment.

By Paul Thompson😐 Mail Online

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September 7, 2010 - Posted by | Entertainement, People, Politics, religion, Weird

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