Devoted couple tie the knot in hospital ceremony
A PATIENT at Stepping Hill Hospital has tied the knot in a special ceremony from her hospital bed.
Mandy Lloyd, 47, was rushed by ambulance to Stepping Hill on January 28.
She married her fiancé Paul Curran, 62, two days later, in an official ceremony at her bedside when her health deteriorated following a short illness.
The registrar came to the hospital to marry the pair, followed by a service of blessing by hospital chaplain Rev Philip Winn.
Staff from the ward joined close family members for the occasion.
Paul and Mandy first met 25 years ago when Mandy was working in a Manchester hotel.
Their wedding was arranged by chaplains at the hospital just hours before the event, when it became uncertain whether Mandy would pull through. Shortly after the wedding the bride was admitted to intensive care, where she remained in a critical condition for seven days, five of them in the MRI intensive care unit.
Following a short stay in a high dependency unit Mandy appears to be progressing well.
Husband Paul said: “The last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster, but now Mandy is out of intensive care I am hoping we will soon see a happy ending.
“We want to thank the staff on the ward and in the chaplaincy for all of their help during a difficult time. ”
Rev Philip Winn, who is part of the chaplaincy team at Stepping Hill Hospital, said: “In my role, I get to experience the highs and lows of life.
‘Now Mandy is out of intensive care I am hoping we will soon see a happy ending’
“Getting married in a hospital setting is very rare, and can only be done in exceptional circumstances, with special permission from the Registrar General.
“It was a real privilege to be a part of Mandy and Paul’s wedding.
“Despite the worry about Mandy it was wonderful to see a devoted couple making this commitment to each other.”
Paul has set up a website in Mandy’s name to showcase her talents as a poet and author.
The site – mandycurran. com – also captures the couple’s wedding in full.
Mandy and Paul Curranran got married at Stepping Hill Hospital after she was rushed to hospital and her health deteriorated