Just 13 days ago, Jade Brincat and Dan Horton were blissfully happy, engaged to be married and just about to welcome a child into the world.
Instead, last night the heartbroken bride married her husband just hours before she watched him take his last breath having never seen his newborn baby girl.
Disaster struck on November 7 when Jade got the worst phone call of her life – Dan, aged just in his 30s, had been crushed under a car while working in Summer Hill in Sydney’s inner-west.
She rushed to his side to find him with catastrophic injuries to his head, neck and upper body, having suffered a cardiac arrest at the scene.
Dan Horton, in his 30s, was crushed under a car while working in Summer Hill, inner-west Sydney on November 7
He lay unconscious in the the intensive care unit for days, fighting to survive and hold his baby in his arms and kiss his fiancee again.
Devastated and broken, a heavily pregnant Jade was rushed to hospital two days later with high blood pressure preeclampsia – a serious pregnancy complication that can damage organs and cause seizures.
On November 11, she gave birth to her daughter via emergency C-section without her soulmate by her side.
‘It was bittersweet as the happiest day of our lives should have been seeing her born together… but instead he was lying in ICU fighting as hard as he could to wake up and survive,’ she said.
‘Every day since the birth of our beautiful daughter, I had been holding on to hope, visiting him everyday and hoping that he would pull through.’
‘My heart aches that Dan never got to meet his daughter and now never will.’ Pictured: Jade’s ultrasound
Unable to bear the thought of not becoming Dan’s wife before he died, the couple married in small ceremony at his hospital bed – vowing to continue her ‘commitment, respect, love and loyalty to Dan’.
‘Although he couldn’t say “I do”, this is something that Dan and I had been talking about,’ she said, adding that the pair had been looking at engagement rings.
The following day – their first day as a married couple – Jade watched the man she loved take his final breath and ‘felt his heart beat for the last time’.
‘I’m heartbroken and feel lost. My heart aches that Dan never got to meet his daughter and now never will,’ she said.
‘My heart aches that my daughter will grow up not knowing her dad personally but I will do everything I can to make sure she knows who her dad was and that he loved her anyway.’
She said Dan’s memory will live on through her little girl and carry on his legacy.
‘I love you always and forever, Dan Horton. Rest in peace.’
She said Dan’s memory will live on through her little girl and carry on his legacy. Pictured: The couple together
The couple had been feverishly excited about the birth of their daughter, posting baby clothes and ultrasound photos on Instagram in the leadup to her birth.
Starting their relationship as friends, Jade wrote in an emotional Instagram post on October 2 that they didn’t date or fall in love until after they lived together.
‘Over 550 days spent with him, feels like eternity already,’ she wrote.
‘Although not every day we’ve spent together have been good ones, no ones relationship is perfect and we all know love works in mysterious ways.’
She said there was no one she would rather spend her life with and believed their relationship was ‘meant to be’.
‘Happy 18 months Anniversary Muffin. I love you.
Police, four ambulance crews and a helicopter, along with Fire and Rescue NSW trucks attended the scene (pictured)
Emergency services confirmed Dan suffered his mortal injuries when a jack suspending a vehicle he was working on failed, causing it to fall on him.
Police, four ambulance crews and a helicopter, along with Fire and Rescue NSW trucks attended the scene.
‘Emergency services did an exceptional job in releasing and stabilising the man, who had suffered from some pretty serious injuries,’ Inspector Brad Goodwin from NSW ambulance said.
‘We found the gentleman unconscious and unresponsive in cardiac arrest … he was extricated from under the vehicle with the assistance of emergency services.’
Paramedics restarted his heart and took him to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, but in the end it wasn’t enough to save his life.