A couple from Alabama, Rubia Ferreira and Tyler Campbell decided to hold their wedding in the NICU unit so that they could share their ceremony in the presence of their tiny daughter, Kaelin Maria.
The baby is recovering following an emergency C-section when Rubia developed a rare condition called HELLP syndrome. She was born on November 8, 2017, at 24 weeks gestation, and would need to stay in the hospital for many months to recover.
HELLP syndrome is an extremely rare life-threatening pregnancy complication that causes a variety of symptoms including high blood pressure, severe headaches, and blurred vision.
Ferreira and Campbell met in Okinawa, Japan when he was stationed there as a Marine. They had planned to return for a beachside wedding but decided to change plans so that they could be married in Kaelin’s presence. Ferreira was inspired by videos she had seen on Facebook of other couples who were married in hospitals.
“We asked our nurse liaison, and she was all about it!” Campbell recalls. “That was about two weeks before Valentine’s Day, and she thought it would be perfect if that was our wedding day.”
The hospital staff enthusiastically accommodated the couple, and they performed a carefully planned ceremony in the NICU on Valentine’s Day. They walked down the hospital hallway as the doctors, nurses, and staff watched, and music played.
The room where Kaelin had been calling home since birth was now a make-shift wedding chapel and the hospital chaplain shared the vows.
“May your love, and it already has, inspire us to love each other and love people in the world,” said the chaplain.
The ceremony featured a very special live performance of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. Everything went off without a hitch and the couple couldn’t have been happier.
“We want Kaelin to look back at pictures from our wedding and know about our experience as a family at UAB,” Campbell said. “We hope she understands how much we cared for and loved her, and that it meant the world to us to have our wedding take place right there with her.”
Little Kaelin is still facing a long road to recovery, facing complications from lung disease called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) that affects premature babies. Her mother is asking for prayers as her condition is quite serious.
Please say a prayer for this special baby.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to this loving couple and their special little girl.
See the video of their special day below:
A vida é feita de momentos bons e ruins. Aproveitem intensamente os bons e estejam unidos para superar os ruins. Assim se constrói um casamento duradouro e feliz!
Posted by Ruby Ferreira on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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