Gwynedd sweethearts tie knot in intensive care unit


Tomos Hughes

A GWYNEDD woman battling with illness married her sweetheart on her bed in the intensive care unit last week.

Hayley Ann Thomas, aged 26, of Bethel, was due to marry fiancee David Clarke in May and had already made arrangements for the big day.

But Hayley, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2005, underwent an emergency operation last August after suffering complications and has spent the last six months at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

With Hayley due to move to Hope Hospital in Manchester in the next few weeks, the couple, decided to hold the blessing ceremony at the hospital, with the help of nurses from the Cybi ward.

Hayley’s mother, Eirian Whittingham, said: “It was a lovely day.

“We had about 20 people in the room, family, friends and medical staff and the registrar did everything she would normally do. “Nothing was different apart from the location.

“The nurses had gone to great lengths to decorate the room and make it look really nice. Afterwards we had a small buffet in a room near to the unit.

The wedding is thought to be the first held on the ward, with the couple’s two daughters, Ellie, aged four and Amelia Haf, aged two, acting as flower girls.

Eirian added: “I was really surprised to find out it was the first time a wedding had taken place on Ward Cybi.

“We’ve come such a long way and have long way to go. The Intensive Care Unit staff have been absolutely brilliant, I really can’t praise them enough.”

“She is small in stature, always has been and I don’t know where she gets the strength from but she is a real battler.”

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