Hospital staff sprang to action to get a terminally ill woman married to her partner of 25 years after she was told she had hours to live.
Linda Carolan, 50, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer seven years ago but last week was admitted to a critical care ward suffering from both pneumonia and sepsis .
A desperately sick Linda admitted to staff at Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth her dying wish was to marry her partner Marcus Fellows, aged 46.
Doctors were worried she wouldn’t survive so, determined to make her wish come true, ward staff rushed to organise a ceremony.
Critical Care Consultant David Slessor contacted the local registry office and the team even went so far as to buy Linda a dress at a local charity shop and to decorate the area around her bedside.
Just hours after her prognosis, Mrs Fellowes – wearing a pink wedding dress – married her partner in a small ceremony on the ward with flowers, balloons and Prosecco.
The couple, who live in West Meon, Petersfield, Hants, with their 12-year-old son, said staff at the hospital were “incredible”.
Mr Fellowes said: “The doctor wrote a letter to the registry office and they said they could be at the hospital within the hour.
“Staff went to a charity shop to buy Linda a nice dress while others went to buy Prosecco, balloons and decorations.
“It was incredible what they did for us, they made it a massive celebration and everyone wanted to get involved and do their part.
“Everyone was so jubilant and you could tell they were happy for us.
“In the darkest moment of our lives, the hospital staff stepped in and helped in more ways than we could imagine.
“Not only did they save Linda’s life but they fulfilled her last request.”
Linda, now Mrs Fellows, saw a dramatic improvement in her health following the wedding and has not moved off intensive care to a respiratory ward.
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The couple are now making plans for a wedding celebration with friends and family.
Steve Mathieu Clinical Director for Critical Care, Portsmouth Hospital’s NHS Trust said: “I cannot begin to express how incredibly proud I am of our team.
“This is a wonderful example of the multi-professional approach to delivering the highest standard of care for our patients and their loved ones.
“We were delighted to help out and be part of this special day for Marcus and Linda.”
Mr Fellowes added: “It is incredible being married. It is always something we have wanted to do but we never got round to it.
“We don’t know how long Linda has left because she is battling stage four cancer.
“But we are going to enjoy married life and Linda is making plans for a party.
“Because she is now married and she always wanted to get married, it has given her a new focus.”
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