A 26-stone woman married naked – in front of 700 people – after her wedding dress order was cancelled while she was in a coma.Doctors couldn’t say if Monique Penberthy, now 31, would survive, after she developed the flesh-eating bug necrotising fasciitis , so her big day was called off and she lost her dream frock. When she came round after 31 days in a coma , she was determined to tie the knot.
But the dog trainer could not face looking for the perfect size 32 gown again, after taking two months to find the first one, before she fell sick. So, she suggested to her groom-to-be, truck driver Rowan, aged 27, that they wed in the nude instead. He agreed and on 27 March this year at Confest, in Moulamein, New South Wales, they both married, wearing just a veil, necklace, top hat and bow tie, and their birthday suits.
Monique and Rowan were planning the perfect Valentine’s Day wedding when disaster struck when Monique became critically ill in November 2015. She went into shock and medics put her in an induced coma. Doctors don’t know how the flesh-eating bug entered her skin and she had a section of her skin surgically-removed to get rid of the infection and rotting flesh.
Monique, who was nervous ahead of her wedding, said: “It was nothing like we’d planned, but everything we’d wished for. When I saw all the guests – those who were at the festival – waiting, and I was naked, I was terrified. But when I looked around, and everyone was smiling and clapping, I was touched.”