A terminally ill patient diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a common type of blood cancer, got help from the hospital staffers to tie the knot with his long term girlfriend right from his hospital bed.
Keith Borum and Nina Scott, who have been in a relationship for three years now, said “I do” in a heart touching ceremony in the company of doctors and nurses. Mr. Borum thanked the hospital staff for making it all happen and helping him enjoy one of the “best day of his life.” The ceremony took place Saturday in a hospital room at the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York.
The bride who only wore a wedding veil on her head said that the hospital was the perfect setting for getting married to the man who also stood by her side in good times and in bad. The groom also looked very happy.
When one of the ceremony attendees asked him how he was feeling, he replied he was doing great on one of the best days of his life. It’s been 18 months since Mr. Borum found that he had blood cancer.
Yet in recent months, he learned that the disease reached final stage.
The hospital staff helped him and Ms. Scott get married after one of the nurses learned from Mr. Borum that he was saving money to buy his long time girlfriend a wedding ring.
Nurses quickly rallied and raised the cash for the ring plus some extra. They were able to raise $400 and buy the rings. Other staffers donated treats for the reception and wedding invitations while the local community bought the cake and a large bouquet of flowers.
“We had things donated from different people that we knew, the flowers, the cake, invitations, rings. We actually raised money for the rings ourselves,”
the nurses told a local news station.
The nurses also piled into the tight hospital room to witness the ceremony. The two said their vows in front of a tearful audience consisting in family members, hospital staff, and close friends.
The bride and the groom alike wore protective medical suits over their wedding clothing to shield Keith from viruses that may weaken even more his frail immune system. The minister, as well, needed to wear a protective medical suit.
A visibly emotional Mrs Borum said after the wedding ceremony that she couldn’t tell what part of the ceremony she enjoyed best. She deemed the whole thing “great” and thanked the nursing staff because they truly “outdid” themselves.
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