Miracle Baby's Parents 'Marry' at JMH

Doctors and nurses threw a wedding party for a Welsh couple stranded in Miami with a sick baby on their would-be wedding day

By Christina Hernandez
|  Monday, Sep 19, 2011  |  Updated 11:58 PM EDT
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A UK couple ended up in Miami on what was supposed to their destination wedding when their baby got sick -- so hospital staff thew a nuptial celebration.

A UK couple ended up in Miami on what was supposed to their destination wedding when their baby got sick -- so hospital staff thew a nuptial celebration.

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A wedding at Jackson Memorial? Well, not quite - but something pretty close to that took place Monday afternoon.

Doctors, nurses, and staff members held a festive blessing for a UK couple who wound up stranded in Florida when their daughter fell ill during their destination wedding week in Mexico.

"I wonder what else these nurses are capable of doing around here," said would-be groom Alan Hemmings. "It's just amazing."

JMH's Holtz Children's Hospital wasn't exactly where Hemmings and fiancee Rebecca Jackson planned on spending their wedding day.

The Welsh pair were scheduled to be married in Cancun on Monday at 4 o'clock, but one-year-old daughter Isabelle fell ill after the family arrived.

Doctors in Mexico couldn't help the baby, who was diagnosed with pneumonia. So the wedding was put on hold while the family flew to Miami.

"She was more important, and we are in the best place ever now," Jackson said. "She's perfect now."

And so was their makeshift reception. From the decorations, to the cake, invitations, and champagne, doctors and nurses paid for all the necessary trappings to make the day special.

In fact, staff even paid for the bride's dress and flowers and supplied wedding music on a smartphone.

The couple and their now-healthy daughter are flying back to Wales on Tuesday. Once they get settled in, they said they will start planning their real wedding -- again.

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