Husband With Alzheimer's Forgets He's Married, Asks His Wife Of 34 Years To Marry Him

January 26, 2018

Michael and Linda Joyce of Frankton, New Zealand, have been married for 34 years, but Michael is battling Alzheimer's and he'd forgotten.

So, when Michael woke Linda up in the middle of the night and asked her to marry him, she responded, "Of course I will, darling."

husband Alzheimers forgets he is married asks wife again
Credit: Desmond Downs / springbokphotography.com

"You don't say, 'Oh, we're already married,'" Linda, 64, told Stuff.

The next morning, she was shocked when Michael said, "So, when are we doing this?"

Linda decided it would be a good chance to renew their wedding vows.

She turned to her community website Neighbourly and asked if anyone would be willing to marry them over the weekend.

husband Alzheimers forgets he is married asks wife again

She was inundated with offers, all free of charge, and local photographer Desmond Downs volunteered to be the wedding photographer.

husband Alzheimers forgets he is married asks wife again
Credit: Desmond Downs / springbokphotography.com

On their wedding morning, Linda said she wasn't sure he would remember, but he woke up and said, "Today's the day!"

Michael and Linda said their vows on Saturday afternoon at a lake near their home among a handful of friends.

husband Alzheimers forgets he is married asks wife again
Credit: Desmond Downs / springbokphotography.com

The couple, originally from Scotland, celebrated with hugs, kisses and cake to the background music of Flower of Scotland, played by bagpipes.

husband Alzheimers forgets he is married asks wife again
Credit: Desmond Downs / springbokphotography.com

"There's been a lot of sadness and a lot of frustration," Linda said. "And despite all the fogginess, today has been pure joy."

husband Alzheimers forgets he is married asks wife again
Credit: Desmond Downs / springbokphotography.com

husband Alzheimers forgets he is married asks wife again
Credit: Desmond Downs / springbokphotography.com

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