Couple marry in ICU after both were rushed to hospital with Covid


A couple due to be married that was rushed to hospital with coronavirus after their oxygen levels plummeted to dangerous levels have tied the knot in their Covid ward.

Elizabeth Kerr, 31, and Simon O’Brien, 36, had initially planned to marry each other in June last year, but the coronavirus pandemic cut their plans short.

They both contracted Covid-19 and were rushed to Milton Keynes University Hospital in the same ambulance where staff arranged a ceremony.

Simon’s condition deteriorated after arriving at hospital but his intubation was postponed long enough to be married to Elizabeth and he has since started recovering. 

Despite their dangerous oxygen levels, the pair, who had been placed in separate Covid wards, were determined to tie the knot and staff began to organise a ceremony for them. 

Elizabeth Kerr, 31, (middle) and Simon O’Brien, 36, (right) who had been due to marry last year and were rushed to hospital with coronavirus have now tied the knot in their Covid ward

Elizabeth and Simon both contracted Covid-19 and were rushed to Milton Keynes University Hospital in the same ambulance

Elizabeth and Simon both contracted Covid-19 and were rushed to Milton Keynes University Hospital in the same ambulance

However, Simon’s condition deteriorated and he was transferred to the intensive care unit while staff worked to secure a wedding licence.

Despite having to change wards, staff at the hospital held off his transfer long enough for Simon to marry Elizabeth on January 12.

Speaking about her wedding, Elizabeth said: ‘They told me that we wouldn’t be able to get married after all, because they were going to have to intubate Simon and put him under.

‘But they held off for another hour. And he just, just rallied in that time, just long enough for us to get married.

‘We had to wait a few days for our first kiss.’ 

Despite having to change wards, staff at the hospital held off his transfer long enough for Simon to marry Elizabeth on January 12

Despite having to change wards, staff at the hospital held off his transfer long enough for Simon to marry Elizabeth on January 12

Despite their dangerous oxygen levels, the pair, who had been placed in separate Covid wards, were determined to tie the knot and staff began to organise a ceremony for them

Despite their dangerous oxygen levels, the pair, who had been placed in separate Covid wards, were determined to tie the knot and staff began to organise a ceremony for them

Simon’s condition eventually improved and he was moved back onto a Covid ward where he was reunited with his wife.

Despite both still requiring oxygen, they are recovering together.

Elizabeth, who works as a nurse at Buckingham hospital, had told staff about her postponed wedding to Simon and nurse Hannah Cannon asked if she wanted to marry Simon now – with Kerr claiming she was told it could be her only chance. 

The newly-wed said: ‘Those are words I never ever want to hear again.’

Nurse Cannon acted as a witness for the wedding and filmed the union for the couple’s friends and family, with the hospital catering department providing a cake. 

The wedding ceremony was filmed by hospital staff so that Elizabeth and Simon's friends and family could see the union

The wedding ceremony was filmed by hospital staff so that Elizabeth and Simon’s friends and family could see the union

Elizabeth, who works as a nurse at Buckingham hospital, had told staff about her postponed wedding to Simon and nurse Hannah Cannon (left) asked if she wanted to marry Simon now - with Kerr claiming she was told it could be her only chance

Elizabeth, who works as a nurse at Buckingham hospital, had told staff about her postponed wedding to Simon and nurse Hannah Cannon (left) asked if she wanted to marry Simon now – with Kerr claiming she was told it could be her only chance

Cannon said: ‘With lots of teamwork… we were able to give them a wedding, not necessarily the wedding that they would have initially intended, but certainly something positive, remarkable and memorable for them to really hold on to.’

Moments after saying ‘I do’ Simon was sedated and spent the night on a ventilator.

With the couple now on the road to recovery, Elizabeth said that the experience of fighting for every breath clarified to her that the people you love are the most important things in life. 

She said: ‘That is everything that matters, everything. 

‘If we hadn’t had each other and we hadn’t been given that opportunity to get married, I don’t think both of us would be here now.’

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