They actually did get married at the Hospital!

  1. I forget who posted a reply to my trauma patients that fell off Mt Ranier that the hospital could turn it into a PR stunt, you were right!!!



    Rainier couple have hospital wedding


    Glacier fall: They dreamed of 'most beautiful cathedral,' settled for chapel at St. Joseph's

    Adam Jadhav; The News Tribune



    Charles Grubbs and Melody Wyman took the plunge Monday in the St. Joseph Medical Center chapel, four days after their failed attempt to marry on the Mount Rainier summit.

    Strong winds knocked Grubbs, 50, and Wyman, 48, into a crevasse about 2,500 feet below the summit Thursday. The New Hampshire couple, along with mountain guide and licensed minister Kurt Wedberg, were flown to St. Joseph after other guides rescued them.

    Wyman, who stood with a cast on her right leg, was supported by a crutch and her husband-to-be as hospital chaplain Fred Hutchinson pronounced them husband and wife. Except for media, a photographer and a hospital staff member, the chapel was empty while Hutchinson read scriptures and the two said their vows.

    "I wanted to paraphrase, 'I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?' My help comes from the helicopters and the folks at St. Joe's," Hutchinson joked during the ceremony.

    Wyman, who cried during the ceremony, said she felt thankful just to be alive. The three slid 100 to 150 feet down Ingraham Glacier, then dropped 60 feet onto an ice ledge in the crevasse.

    "If we had missed it a few feet either way, we would have fallen 100 more feet," Wyman said. "It was like God reached out and caught us in his hand."

    Grubbs, a software engineer, first got the idea of climbing the mountain while working in Seattle in 1994. He said the idea of a summit ceremony came together as the couple considered wedding options.

    "That was our dream - to be married on top of the most beautiful cathedral in the world," Wyman said.

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    The News Tribune


    06/11/2002


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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   ratchit
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    Last edit by ratchit on Jul 15, '02
  4. by   Zee_RN
    We had a wedding on our oncology unit this last year . . . not as a publicity stunt but it did end up in the local paper.

    When it became apparent that the patient's condition was worsening and she would probably not be able to attend her daughter's upcoming wedding (about a month or so away), our oncology nurses arranged to bring the wedding to the hospital. The patient's daughter was married on the Oncology Unit, dress, tux, flowers, cake & all. Truly, nurses are the best! They arranged it all.
  5. by   NurseDennie
    Wow - isn't that sweet, they got married in hospital? I wonder what they wore? I wonder where the photographer was? Hmmmmmm

    Love

    Dennie
  6. by   bagladyrn
    I really have seen one couple married in the L&D suite, as she labored! (Why they had scheduled the wedding for a week before her due date is something I'll never understand!) I kept looking around for the hidden camera, thinking "This only happens in the sitcoms!"
  7. by   Ted
    Originally posted by Zee_RN
    We had a wedding on our oncology unit this last year . . . not as a publicity stunt but it did end up in the local paper.

    When it became apparent that the patient's condition was worsening and she would probably not be able to attend her daughter's upcoming wedding (about a month or so away), our oncology nurses arranged to bring the wedding to the hospital. The patient's daughter was married on the Oncology Unit, dress, tux, flowers, cake & all. Truly, nurses are the best! They arranged it all.
    Interesting to read your story! Many moons ago, there was a similar situation on the oncology unit I used to work for. They were a young couple. Apparently they had a wonderful service. Both nursing and medical staff helped out. Unfortunately I didn't attend the ceremony. Wish I did.

    Ted
  8. by   fedupnurse
    We had a near wedding, the doc put the kabosh on it because he is a stupid jerk! They wanted to get married to make their kid "legit" and her family was all for it. We knew she was dying. One nurse set the whole thing up and then the doctor said no, she isn't competent. Had he gone in the room and actually talked to this vented patient he would have found that she was completely intact. It bothers me when people think that just because someone is vented they don't know what's going on. (She wasn't sedated-cruel I know, but not a good enough pressure to handle it, bottomed her right out).
    Then we had an old, and I mean old, couple renew their vows on their 50th anniversary. He died a couple of days later. They ahd a great day that day.
    The best wedding story was when we recieved a patient in the unit after he coded on the tele floor. One of the renal docs asked the brother if he was the legal next of kin. A friend was standing there too. The brother said yes. The doc said "No wife or kids or anything like that?" The brother said No. The friend said "well, yes there is a wife." The brother said what the ______are you talking about? He has never been married and since he has been in the hospital for the past 6 weeks, it isn't possible." The friend said "Yeah, it is. He got married in his room last week. I was there." Turns out this patient hated his brother with a passion, knew he was dying and didn't want the brother to get all his property and money so he married a visitor of his roommate on the tele floor. Guess he ahd never heard of a will naming someone other than his brother as a beneficiary. I always did wonder what ever happened with that case after the patient died.
    Never a dull moment huh?

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