Staff at UH arranged the impromptu wedding after the groom was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
CLEVELAND -- An Ohio couple said "I do" today, not in a chapel or on an exotic beach but in a hospital room.
The staff at University Hospitals arranged the impromptu wedding after the groom was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
The couple has been together for almost four years. They planned to get married someday but, seven months ago, Mark Gillette came down with a fever.
Now, doctors say he doesn't have much time left.
Samantha Carpenter and her groom had the wedding day jitters.
The couple was about to take a vow to stay together for the rest of their lives. But that promise could be cut short by Gillette's diagnosis.
"There is no cure for his cancer. There is not any hope that they have, but we keep believing that God's got it in his hands," said Carpenter.
The staff at University Hospitals made arrangements to speed up the couple's wedding plans.
A music therapist set the mood, while nurses decorated the hospital room and provided the wedding cake, flowers and gifts and invited the chaplain.
"It reminds you why you became a nurse. It's more than doing tasks and coming to work. You actually get to make a difference in people's lives," said Nurse Dani Savage.
Gillette, with his fragile body, wasn't able to speak, so instead he mouthed his vows. The two exchanged rings and then sealed their marriage with a kiss.
Carpenter and Gillette say they never expected so much media attention and are grateful for all that the staff has done to make their dreams of being married come true.
"I thank them very much, it's awesome," Carpenter said with a smile.
Gillette will soon leave the hospital and go home to be with his children, ages 14 months and 5 months.