Fighting COVID-19: Groom Marries Fiancée from Hospital Bed
A groom who contracted COVID-19 managed to marry his fiancée from a hospital bed. This is something that we only see on movies, but yes, it happens amid pandemic.
Carlos Muniz tested positive with COVID-19 the same week he is set to marry but didn't let the virus get in his way of marrying his soulmate. Muniz is fighting for his life and received ECMO treatment in the ICU at San Antonio's Methodist Hospital. He decided to continue his plan to marry his fiancée, Grace, on Tuesday, as per ABC affiliate KSAT.
Muniz's nurse said after the nuptials in the hospital, "Carlos is capable of doing more now than before. He's fighting for something." Carlos and Grace became husband and wife with their immediate family by their side. The hospital made exception for the Texas couple, and the Methodist staffers witnessed and were inspired by their love story amid the struggles they are experiencing, according to PEOPLE.
Carlos' nurse told the outlet of KSAT that the wedding is essential for the care team of Muniz. "We've seen some victories, but we've had our losses. It was very special for us to be a part of and has been a big motivator for this team," the nurse added and believes that COVID-19 can't stop love.
According to KSAT, Muniz was supposedly preparing for his wedding when he felt symptoms of the coronavirus. On July 15, Muniz was admitted to the telemetry COVID-19 unit at Methodist Hospital.
Carlos didn't have any underlying health issues before contracting the disease confirmed by a representative from the hospital to PEOPLE. Carlos' health drastically declined within days. The groom-to-be was placed in the ICU for the emergency cannulation prior to being on an ECMO machine. ECMO is a machine that pumps and oxygenates blood outside the body, so the heart and lungs of the patient can rest, according to UCSF Health.
While fighting against the virus, Muniz's nurse discovered that he was supposed to get married that week. The nurse offered Carlos to have the chance to continue marrying Grace even if he is in the hospital bed.
Carlos' nurse noticed a significant change in his demeanor when the couple agreed to the plan. The nurse claims that Carlos seemed to have a renewed sense of motivation to recover.
Carlos was dressed in a tuxedo shirt while his fiancée showed up in a white gown and veil on their big day. Grace's wedding dress is the same dress she planned to wear for their wedding prior to Carlos' health crisis.
The hospital staffs including Carlos' nurse, respiratory therapist, perfusionist, and ECMO specialist, helped escort the groom on his ECMO machine down to his bride. The wedding ceremony was officiated by the father-in-law of Grace, which streamed online so the couple's other family members and friends could attend the nuptial virtually.
Although Carlos has been in the hospital for a month and spent days in the ICU on the ECMO machine, the nurses said that Carlos refuses to give up and has an optimistic outlook on his situation. "Carlos is capable of doing more now than before. He's fighting for something," the nurse told KSAT.
Now, Carlos, the official husband of Grace, has shown signs of recovery and tested negative for COVID-19, as per KSAT.
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