Alberta hospital pulls out the stops in wedding for ICU patient


A Calgary man combating a terminal sickness married his longtime accomplice this week in an emotional ceremony that passed off proper inside the hospital the place he’d been staying.

Gordie Shaver has been inside the Peter Lougheed Centre for the higher a part of a month. The 52-year-old is experiencing issues together with his organs.

After receiving a tough-to-hear prognosis Monday night time – that he’ll be fortunate to make it to Christmas – his accomplice of eight years knew what wanted to occur.

“It has all the time been on our minds, however this prognosis actually type of pushed the timeline up a bit bit,” Amanda Morley-Shaver mentioned. “We mentioned we simply must make this occur.”

The couple had floated the concept of elopement earlier this yr, however say issues received in the approach.

So Monday, after chatting with Shaver’s physician, the concept appeared like a no brainer: they have been going to get married, a method or one other.

“It’s about us and the love that we have now had over the years,” Morley-Shaver mentioned. “That’s all I may’ve requested for, it doesn’t matter what time we have now collectively.”

The newlyweds have been joined by a handful of relations and a few on-site ICU employees.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) employees helped the Shavers discover a native officiant and photographer after which went to work remodeling the unit.

They embellished room dividers, the patio and hall with flowers and candles.

One employee even donated a cake.

“Wherever you go in this hospital – to not point out particularly right here in the ICU – the care and a spotlight is simply so unimaginable,” Shaver advised AHS.

“They have been simply very adamant of making the most big day for us, which was fairly wonderful in my eyes,” Morley-Shaver added.

Registered nurse Rianne Pater was the groom’s nurse on Wednesday.

“Everyone is simply so excited to have a cheerful moment in our ICU,” she advised AHS. “I really feel extremely fortunate. Gordie was speaking about it this morning (and) mentioned, ‘life is so fragile and I wish to make the most of each moment that I’ve.'”

Morley-Shaver referred to as it an unforgettable expertise.

“When I met him, his love for life was immense. He is the most outgoing individual I’ve most likely ever met. We received to have so many adventures collectively,” she mentioned.

“I’m simply so pleased with him and so proud to be his spouse.”


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