Mother, 24, whose partner proposed after being diagnosed with a brain tumour last month faces a race against time to marry him after he was given just weeks to live
- Kaya Rimple and Aidan Waters, of Thatcham, west Berkshire, met in February ’17
- Planned baby within first month of relationship and welcomed Nova last April
- Aidan, 26, was diagnosed with aggressive grade 4 astrocytoma last week
- Doctors gave him ‘weeks to months’ to live so pair now planning dream wedding
- Fundraising page set up by cousin Christa Arlett has almost doubled £5K target
A mother-of-two who is desperate to marry her terminally ill ‘soulmate’ is fundraising to afford their dream wedding.
Kaya Rimple, 24, and Aidan Waters, 26, of Thatcham, west Berkshire, began fearing the worst after Aidan was rushed to hospital following a series of seizures six weeks ago.
Doctors detected a mass on his brain, and last week the couple, who met in February 2017, were given the devastating news that Aidan has an incurable brain tumour – rendering him with just weeks to live.
The couple, who share a one-year-old daughter, Nova, are now desperate to marry before it’s too late, and a fundraising page set up in their honour by Kaya’s cousin Christa Arlett has already nearly doubled its £5,000 target.
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Kaya Rimple, 24, and Aidan Waters, 26, of Thatcham, west Berkshire, are fundraising to get married after Aidan was given weeks to live
Aidan proposed to Kaya last month in front of family and friends, declaring ‘one of my main things that I wish to achieve is to marry this beautiful woman’.
Kaya told FEMAIL: ‘Our dream wedding would be the opportunity to forget about everything for one day and just enjoy getting married to our soulmate.
‘We want everyone to be happy and not feeling like something c**p is happening to us all.
‘I felt truly blessed that my cousin set that GoFundMe page up – I was not expecting the response we got! I was expecting a couple of hundred pounds at most – and we would have been so grateful for that.
Aidan, pictured with his one-year-old daughter Nova, proposed to Kaya last month because one of the things he wants to achieve is to marry his ‘beautiful woman’
Romantic Aidan got down on one knee in front of friends and family and made an emotional speech – taking Kaya by surprise
‘We reached the £5,000 target in a day and that was so crazy and overwhelming and amazing. We have started wedding planning now, so that’s keeping everyone occupied.
‘The reality is starting to hit that this is our life now and there’s no going back.’
Kaya and Aidan met on a night out after both had recently experienced ‘messy break ups’.
‘Neither of us wanted to jump straight into a new relationship,’ recalled Kaya, who has a son, Marley, from a previous relationship.
A fundraising page set up in their honour by Kaya’s cousin Christa Arlett has already nearly doubled its £5,000 target. Pictured on the day they got engaged are Kaya and Aidan, and their daughter Nova and Kaya’s son Marley from a previous relationship
Kaya and Aidan, pictured with daughter Nova as a baby, met on a night out after both had recently experienced ‘messy break ups’ – and within a month of dating they decided to start a family
‘Then one day three months later in May, Aidan saw me walking down the road with my two dogs and he couldn’t take his eyes off me. He kept looking back four or five times, just smiling at me, and we arranged to meet up again.
‘Within a week we were seeing each other every evening, when my son was in bed or at his dad’s. After two weeks we were head over heels in love, which neither of us were expecting! I knew he was “the one” very quickly.’
Kaya told how they decided to try for a baby within the first month of dating and she fell pregnant almost immediately.
They had often talked about getting married, but money was the thing that always stood in their way.
Kaya told how she and Aidan decided to try for a baby within the first month of dating and she fell pregnant almost immediately
Nova arrived on April 14, a month-and-a-half before their two-year anniversary – but it wasn’t an easy pregnancy.
‘Even though we loved each other, it put a strain on our relationship,’ Kaya admitted.
‘I was nicknamed ‘the pregnant b*****d’ as I was so hormonal! Everyone wondered if he’d be able to stick it out with me!
‘Luckily as soon as I gave birth everything was perfect again and we had the family unit we’d all wanted so much. I’m lucky Aidan and Marley’s dad get on well, as do we.’
Kaya described Aidan as an ‘amazing hands-on dad’, adding that her son Marley ‘loves him to bits’.
Six weeks ago, night shift worker Aidan began complaining of headaches and blurred vision. Then one day while driving to work he suffered a suspected seizure,
Kaya said she struggled with hormones when she was pregnant with Nova, earning her the nickname ‘the pregnant b*****d’
Kaya described Aidan, pictured with Nova as a baby, as an ‘amazing hands-on dad’, adding that her son Marley ‘loves him to bits’
A month later horrified Kaya walked in on him having another seizure early in the morning while he was still in bed.
She recalled: ‘I normally try to wake him around 5am as he takes ages to wake up. For some reason I went in at 4:30am, as something told me to check on him.
‘He was sprawled all over the bed and I saw blood on the pillows and his face. I tried to wake him up but he wasn’t responding and was all stiff, so I called an ambulance.’
Aidan was referred to a seizure clinic three weeks later, but a few days before the appointment he broke his nose and needed to have it X-rayed. The results showed he had ‘something on his brain’.
Kaya and Aidan, pictured on holiday, had always talked about getting married, but money was the thing that always stood in their way
After a series of tests and undergoing surgery, last week doctors diagnosed him with a grade 4 glioblastoma.
‘Every week we went back the news just got worse and worse,’ Kaya said.
‘There were so many tears. They thought it could be grade 3 or 4, but had to wait on genetic test results. Sadly it was the worst case scenario. It was heartbreaking and so surreal.
After a series of tests and undergoing surgery on his brain, last week doctors diagnosed him with a grade 4 glioblastoma
Kaya said she is determined that ‘fighter’ Aidan, pictured with daughter Nova, will beat the devastating odds
‘The doctor said it’s incurable, and Aidan’s got weeks and months, not years. But I don’t believe that, I really don’t.’
Aidan now faces six weeks of radiotherapy every day but weekends, as well as chemotherapy by tablet.
Kaya said: ‘Aidan’s doing okay. It’s hard, but he’s a fighter and the thought of us getting married is keeping him going. He’s going to beat the odds – I know it.’
To donate to Kaya and Aidan’s wedding fund, click here.
What is a Glioblastoma?
Glioblastomas are the most common high grade (cancerous) primary brain tumour in adults.
They can also occur, rarely, in children. Glioblastomas belong to a group of brain tumours known as gliomas, as they grow from a type of brain cell called a glial cell.
Glioblastoma is the more common name for a type of brain tumour called a grade 4 astrocytoma.
Glioblastoma are ‘diffuse’, meaning they have threadlike tendrils that extend into other parts of the brain. They are fast growing and likely to spread.
There are different types of glioblastoma; primary, which means the tumour first appeared as a grade 4 glioblastoma, and secondary, which is when the tumour developed from a lower grade astrocytoma.
There is nothing you could have done, or avoided doing, that would have caused you to develop a brain tumour.
As with most brain tumours, why glioblastomas begin to grow is not known.
Research provided by the The Brain Tumour Charity.
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