Royal Free organises a ‘wedding’ for patient undergoing high risk surgery
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:41 27 June 2019
The Royal Free hastily put together a mock wedding for a patient and her boyfriend, when she had to undergo emergency surgery.
Dawne Le Good was in hospital after a heart attack when she got an infection. Doctors told her she needed urgent surgery.
Because the 51-year-old was still recovering from her heart attack, doctors said the surgery was risky. So Dawne and her partner Bill Pope decided they should marry.
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Sadly there wasn't a registrar available to provide a marriage licence, so the trust's chaplain Revd Claire Carson gave the couple a blessing before the operation.
Nurses bought them a bouquet, some alcohol-free bubbly and found Bill a corsage. Since the ceremony late last month she is on the mend.
She said: "I was very scared. They explained that they didn't know whether I would survive the operation. I was thinking of my daughter Emily who was on a school trip to Berlin. I felt how far away she was and I was devastated that I might not see her again."
Dawne and Bill are now planning a real wedding, so they can celebrate with friends and family.
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