Couple Weds in Hospital After Groom’s Cancer Diagnosis

May 1, 2014 2:28pm
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The couple moved up their wedding date after the groom was diagnosed with lung cancer. (Courtesy Detroit Medical Center Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital)

A Michigan couple is thankful to be married after complications from the groom’s lung cancer threatened the entire event. But rather than try and get the groom to the wedding, a Michigan hospital arraigned to have the wedding come to the groom.

Eric and Lindsay Thomas were married last week in the lobby of the Detroit Medical Center’s Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital after an infection kept Eric Thomas from leaving the building.

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The couple had already moved up the date of their wedding from 2015 to this April after Thomas’ initial diagnosis. But a recent infection made doctors unwilling to discharge Thomas for the event, according to ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

“By the end of Thursday night, it was like ‘Yeah, there’s no chance,’” Thomas told WXYZ-TV of the doctors’ orders to keep him at the hospital.

However, hospital staff helped the couple come up with another plan: move the wedding to the hospital.

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The hospital donated flowers and food for the ceremony and reception. (Courtesy Detroit Medical Center Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital)

The hospital’s florist and food service operator contributed bouquets, food and dessert for 50 guests at the couple’s ceremony and reception. Lindsay Thomas got to walk down the aisle in her white dress and Eric Thomas wore a tux. He even defied doctors’ orders and rose to greet his bride at the end of the aisle, according to WXYZ-TV.

Both the bride and the groom wore baseball hats, although the bride’s hat had a veil attached.

“I was worried about all my hair falling out, I was worried about wedding pictures,” Eric Thomas explained to WXYZ-TV about the decision to don baseball hats.

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While it was not the wedding the couple had imagined, they were happy with how it turned out.

“They made our dreams come true. We are very, very happy about that,” Lindsay Thomas said of the hospital staff.

At first doctors were unsure whether Thomas would be able to go home after the wedding, but hospital officials confirmed to ABC News that the couple left the hospital this week.

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The couple had around 50 people attend the ceremony and reception. (Courtesy Detroit Medical Center Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital) 

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