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Hospice care is... saying I do!

Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice "moved heaven and earth" so Amy and Liam could get married within 24 hours, after being told there was no more doctors could do for their nine-month-old son, Jakub.

Amy:

“Jakub was diagnosed in July. We had always planned to get married but he deteriorated really quickly and on Friday the hospital said there was nothing more they could do for him,”

We were told about Shooting Star CHASE but we didn’t really want to go, as a hospice sounds like it will be a depressing building with one little room. But we arrived on Wednesday and were blown away by this amazing place. We mentioned to some of the nurses how we wanted to get married before the time comes and they immediately started helping us to arrange it.”

“They were like our very own wedding planners. Jakub is part of us and always will be but we don’t know how long we’ve got with him so to have him witness our wedding is amazing. Words can’t properly explain what it means to us.”

Staff at the hospice, which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, helped to arrange a vicar, photographer and decorations, while family members bought dresses and suits for the wedding party. Within 24 hours everything had been arranged and the ceremony took place on Thursday afternoon!

Dad, and new husband, Liam said: “It has been a day I’ll never ever forget. Everyone at the hospice has been so kind since we arrived and they moved heaven and earth to make it happen.”

It was a first for the hospice, too! Sandi Hillery, Head of Care at Shooting Star House, said:

“It’s the first time we’ve been asked to organise a wedding! As well as our medical and nursing care, we try to create happy memories for families to cherish, even in the most difficult times, so it has been a huge privilege to be part of their special day.”

Originally published on ehospice: Hospice helps couple to marry so dying baby son can attend ceremony

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