Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Sick British Couple Marry In COVID-19 Ward

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British couple Elizabeth Kerr and Simon O’Brien had been planning to marry in June.

Then COVID-19 struck.

Both contracted the disease and were rushed to Milton Keynes University Hospital in the same ambulance when their oxygen levels fell dangerously low.

Kerr and O’Brien became so ill that medical staff scrambled to organize a wedding before it was too late. When O’Brien’s condition got even worse, it was decided he should be transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU).

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Even that did not stop them: staff delayed his intubation just long enough for them to tie the knot.

“They told me that we wouldn’t be able to get married after all, because they were going to have to intubate Simon and put him under,” Kerr recalled.

“But they held off for another hour. And he just, just rallied in that time, just long enough for us to get married.”

With mortality rates now as high as 80% in the ICU, a happy ending was far from certain.

But O’Brien’s condition improved and the newlyweds reunited on a COVID-19 ward where both are gradually recovering, although still receiving oxygen.

“We had to wait a few days for our first kiss,” Kerr told Reuters.

‘I DO’

When Kerr, 31, and O’Brien, 36, arrived at the hospital in southern England, both needed a CPAP machine to breathe. They were placed on separate wards for COVID-19 patients.

Kerr, a nurse at nearby Buckingham hospital, had told medics the couple planned to wed in June, but with their condition deteriorating, nurse Hannah Cannon asked her if they wanted to marry in the hospital.

Kerr recalled she was told it could be her only chance.

 

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