Keith Borum, a man terminally ill with cancer, married his fiancee, Nina Scott, last week in a ceremony held bedside at the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York.
The Daily Mail reports that Nina described their unusual surroundings as the perfect place to marry the man she loves.
Borum has been battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for over a year, and was recently told by doctors that his cancer is terminal. Borum has to undergo long stays at the hospital due to his illness. He confided to the hospital staff during one of these stays that he wanted nothing more than to save up enough money for an engagement ring so he could propose to Nina, his girlfriend of three years.
The nurses at the hospital made Borum’s wish come true when they gathered up donations of money, flowers, and a cake for the big day. The nurses paid for the wedding rings out of money they pooled together, and organized donations from the local community for the rest.
The staff piled into the hospital room for the wedding ceremony along side friends and family of the couple. All those in attendance wore blue gowns over their clothes to protect Borum from infection, including the minister.
ABC News reports that Borum was in good spirits and joking around, he even “stole” his new wife’s sunglasses and wore them for a photo. In spite of his cancer, Borum said he was enjoying “the best day of my life.”
“The whole thing was great,” said Nini. “The staff just outdid themselves . . .We couldn’t have done it no better.”
The whole thing was great. I don’t know what my favorite moment was. I couldn’t imagine how great it could be or would be. The staff just outdid themselves … We couldn’t have done it no better.
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