Couple tie the knot in Cairns Hospital ICU

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Loved-up couple say 'I do' in ICU.

Loved-up couple say 'I do' in ICU.

A serious heart attack didn’t stop this loved up couple from going forward with their wedding plans – even if it meant they had to tie the knot in Cairns Hospital’s ICU.

Scott Doherty was working at home at Hull Heads on Wednesday last week when he started suffering chest pains.

His partner of more than 20 years, Felicia Chapman, dialled Triple Zero (000) and Scott was rushed to Tully Hospital, and then flown to Cairns Hospital.

He has remained in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) since then.

The couple had initially planned to get married in Innisfail this week and didn’t like the prospect of having to cancel their big day.

So, with the help of ICU staff, they arranged to get married on the unit’s balcony, overlooking the picturesque Cairns Esplanade.

Staff arranged tropical flowers to decorate the balcony, as well as a posy for the bride; and they also provided celebratory champagne and a cake for the newlyweds.

There were many tears as the groom – wearing a formal button up shirt and hospital patient pants - was wheeled the short distance from his hospital bed to the impromptu wedding venue to meet his bride, resplendent in floral attire.

They shared a lovely kiss together as the celebrant declared them husband and wife.

Scott is recovering well from his heart condition, but Felicia said they didn’t want to wait to get married, especially after waiting many years for their special day.

‘If there’s anything we’ve learnt from this, it’s that time is priceless,’ she said.

‘We look forward to spending the rest of our lives together and thank all the ICU staff for helping make today happen for us.’