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Young bride died just 10 days after wedding

Carly Dobie and Billy Dobie
Carly Dobie and Billy Dobie

A young Moray woman collapsed and died from a blood clot just 10 days after her wedding.

Carly Dobie had just opened a joint bank account in her new married name when she was taken ill in the street.

A short time earlier she had been laughing and giggling as she looked at photographs from her big day at Knockando Parish Church.

Her funeral will be held at the same church today.

Carly Dobie
Carly Dobie

Yesterday, her distraught husband Billy, who works at the Walkers shortbread factory in Aberlour, said: “I gave her a cuddle and a kiss that last morning and told her I’d see her later.

“It was my first day back at work following the wedding, but I was still really happy.

“Right through the whole morning I was busy telling everyone all about the day.

“But then I got a call telling me my wife had been taken unwell and saying to get to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin as soon as I could.

“But by the time I arrived, Carly had already passed away.”

The couple first met over the internet four years ago.

Billy, 29, who is originally from Angus, initially came to Moray for just one week to meet Carly.

But, in his own words, he ended up “never going back again”.

The couple set up home together in the village of Carron and had been planning to start a family as soon as possible.

Carly’s mother Dawn Bassett said at her home in Archiestown yesterday: said: “Going back to the same church so soon again after the wedding is going to be very emotional.

“But I know there will be a lot of people there and that’s going to be a tremendous support.

“We want to thank everyone for their support over the past few days. We’ve had nearly 160 cards from people offering their condolences.

“Carly was a lovely girl who was really well known in the area. If I had to describe her I’d say helpful, considerate and always smiling.

“Even the day she collapsed and died, she insisted on getting into the ambulance herself so the paramedics wouldn’t be put to any trouble.

“But during the ride to the hospital it became apparent there was something very wrong.

“The resuscitation equipment was used on her but it was no good and she was pronounced dead when we arrived.”

The former Archiestown Primary and Speyside High pupil’s health problems started in October after she broke her leg during a trip to England.

The accident happened while she was in Swindon to attend the funeral of her three-year-old cousin Freya, who had died from cancer.

Mrs Basset said: “Carly ran over to help an old man who had slipped over in the rain.

“He got up straight away again but the ground was so wet that Carly also ended up taking a tumble.

“It was typical of her – she was always thinking of other people.”

The leg fracture was so severe it required metal plates and pins to be inserted into her limb.

Following a 12-hour ambulance journey from Swindon to Aberdeen, Carly spent the next four weeks in a hospital bed.

Then, after being discharged, she spent more time in hospital convalescing in the Turner Memorial Hospital at Keith.

However, the wedding had already been arranged and she was determined to walk down the aisle without crutches.

Even the discovery of a blood clot on her leg shortly before Christmas was not going to stop her.

After being prescribed blood-thinning drugs she continued to make plans for her big day.

Her younger sister Louise, 19, said: “I was at Dufftown Highland Games at the weekend and so many people I didn’t know kept coming up and hugging me.

“The thing is they all knew Carly and they wanted to say how much they were going to miss her.”

She died on July 22. Her funeral will be held today at 1pm and her family want people to celebrate her life rather than mourn her death.

They have asked people do not wear dark colours and make donations to the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement in lieu of flowers.

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