A man diagnosed with terminal cancer was allowed to marry his girlfriend on his hospital bed. With the help of some donors and the nursing staff at the hospital, the terminally ill man was given the chance to experience the best day of his life, despite being in the last stages of the disease.
Nina Scott and Keith Borum got married on July 9 in Keith’s room at the Good Samaritan Hospital in New York. Nina said that the one-of-a-kind wedding was perfect.
Keith has been struggling for the past 18 months with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and in the early part of 2015 the man was taken to the emergency department because of abdominal pain. The man is frequently visiting the hospital and the doctors said that his cancer is in the last stages. Nina said that Keith suffered through a lot of things and that the man can’t walk. She added that it has been truly difficult for the man.
During his long admission at the hospital, Keith talked to the staff and told them about his feelings and his plans of saving enough money to buy Nina an engagement ring. The nurses worked together and figured out a way to raise the money needed, not just for the rings but for the entire wedding. The ones that came up with the money for the rings were the nurses, said Christina Ware, one of them. The cost for the rings was $400. The invitations, flowers, cake and other things were donated by different people in the community and the other staff in the hospital. The hospital staff, friends and family all gathered while the couple exchanged vows, making the event truly unique.
Nina said that she doesn’t know what her favorite part was and said that she couldn’t have imagined how her wedding would or could be. She added that for her, the entire staff from the hospital raised the bar incredibly high and that they couldn’t have done it any better.
The minister, the couples and the witnesses wore hospital gowns on top of their regular clothes in order to protect Keith from contracting any other thing that may cause an infection. Even despite being confined to a bed and incredibly sick, Keith was able to have fun by wearing Nina’s sunglasses and fooling around. Nina smiled and said that Keith is her everything, her life and her better half. She said there wasn’t any reason not to marry the man.
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