Astounded groom: ‘I’m so lucky to wed missus’

Childhood sweethearts Jazmin and James Unsworth
Childhood sweethearts Jazmin and James Unsworth

Two school sweethearts have tied the knot – with the groom forever grateful to be alive on the big day.

For James Unsworth, 24, of Quarrendon, slipped into a coma in October for three weeks after suffering an allergic reaction to back medication in his sleep.

It transpired he had suffered something similar to a stroke and now, newly married on Friday, he is considered lucky to be alive.

Mr Unsworth, who is now wheelchair bound, said: “I just went to bed as normal, fell asleep and didn’t wake up again. I feel astounded that I’m still here to marry my missus.”

His wife Jazmin, 28, said: “I just remember waking up and finding him unconscious.”

Mr Unsworth’s progress was so slow that doctors did feel little could be done to help him but he battled back, much to the delight of his wife and seven year old son, Brandon.

Mrs Unsworth said her husband’s brain was deprived of oxygen and he had suffered kidney failure.

But she added: “I just remember thinking ‘you can do it’. He’s done really well not to give up on himself.

The couple just celebrated their 11 year anniversary together last week after meeting at Quarrendon School (now Aylesbury Vale Academy).

The couple wed at County Hall, Aylesbury, in front of more than 50 guests. Mrs Unsworth said: “It was a day I will always remember because at one point I was thinking I would never get that day with him.

“Everybody said just how romantic and beautiful it was. It was very magical.”

Mr Unsworth is never expected to be able to walk again without a frame or walking stick and his new wife is now his full-time carer.

“We thought we had lost a little bit of him,” she added. “But I’m going to get him back to 95% at least.”