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Fawcett Memorial Hospital Hosts Wedding For Patient Needing Open Heart Surgery

Fawcett Memorial Hospital August 01, 2014

Port Charlotte, FL – Fawcett Memorial Hospital hosted a wedding on Monday for Port Charlotte resident and patient, Robert Moran and his new bride Jamie. The couple had planned to get married sometime in 2015, but when Robert was admitted to the hospital and told he had to undergo open heart surgery, he wanted to get married sooner.

“We’ve remained best friends over the years and felt it was the right time,”� said the newlyweds. “The most important thing in life is love.”

Staff on the hospital unit caring for Robert offered to host a small wedding and reception in Robert’s room at the hospital. They arranged for flowers and balloons to be delivered from the gift shop, coordinated with the culinary team for a lobster and filet mignon dinner, a wedding cake and champagne. Rose petals were used for an aisle and the bride was walked down the aisle by her father, James Holland.

The couple was married by Pastor Brian James in front of present family members while other immediate family watched on FaceTime. “After 24 years of officiating, this was my 249th wedding and first in a hospital,” said Pastor Brain James. “I was honored to be a part of their special day and now connected to the Fawcett family.”

“The wedding was very moving and touched all of our hearts,”� said Mike Cauger, Director of Cardiovascular Services at Fawcett. “It speaks to how much we really care about our patients and how we will go to great lengths to take care of them and their families.”�

Robert Moran underwent open heart surgery on Wednesday and is currently recovering at Fawcett. “He is doing well and his new bride, Jamie, is at his bedside,” said cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. John McKinney, who performed Moran’s surgery.

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