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Caring nurses made my dying wife’s wedding wish come true

Widower praises ‘fantastic’ care after nursing staff at Queen Mother Hospital organised ceremony at a day's notice

Widower praises ‘fantastic’ care after nursing staff at Queen Mother Hospital organised ceremony at a day's notice


The bride and groom with Ms Manning's sister Julie and her children Scott and Nina

NHS hospital staff organised a wedding in just one day for a patient who had a week to live.

Pauline Manning was married for just eight days before her death 24 November. Her husband Alan Christie and family praised NHS staff for everything they did for her.

Nursing staff worked fast to turn side room into the wedding venue

The couple, who were together for 40 years, married at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent.

Nursing staff transformed a side room into a wedding venue, with fairy lights, balloons and confetti.

The bride’s hair was washed and styled by two nurses, and a nursing associate painted her nails for the ceremony.

Staff acted on their patient’s final wish

Respiratory ward sister, Cathryn Willson said that during post-diagnosis discussions with Ms Manning, she revealed she wanted to marry her partner.

When staff realised she wouldn’t be well enough to leave hospital, the pulled together to organise the impromptu ceremony.   

Ms Willson said: ‘It was very exciting but sad as well because we all knew the outcome for Pauline.’

‘Nursing staff couldn't have done better for my wife’

The wedding was attended by Ms Manning's children, Nina and Scott and her sister Julie. 

Mr Christie said: 'The staff made everything lovely. The room was full as they all wanted to come and watch us get married.

‘They couldn't have done anything better, and Pauline's care was fantastic all the way through.’



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