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Woman Dies From Meningococcal Just HOURS After Her Wedding

A woman has passed away just hours after marrying the love of her life.

26-year-old Jamieka McCarthy Harford fell ill during her wedding ceremony in Auckland on Saturday and died just hours later.

Photos have emerged from the gorgeous ceremony at Whangaparaoa Peninsual, showing the blushing bride smiling as she walked down the aisle, surrounded by family and friends.

Just by looking at her, Ms Harford doesn't seem to be unwell, however, in the space of a few hours she would deteriorate rapidly before passing away.

Ms Harford's new husband has spoken out since her death saying that it was "a huge shock."

"Her passing was a huge shock to everybody, to lose her so quickly and this has been incredibly difficult to process," he said.

"She was taken from us without notice by a horrible, deadly disease."

The family have also released a statement saying, "Jamieka was so happy to be married and the wedding was a beautiful, happy occasion surrounded by love."

She was "the most kind-hearted person in the world who loved life and she always put other before herself. "She was a beloved wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend. She will be missed forever."

It has been confirmed that the cause of death was from meningococcal by the Auckland Regional Public Health service, however, they have said that there is currently no risk to the public.

The family of Jamieka is now working closely with ARPHS to prevent further transmission of the disease.

Image: via NewsHub in Auckland

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