De­voted cou­ple tie the knot in hos­pi­tal cer­e­mony

Stockport Times East - - STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL -

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

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