Jeffrey Benesch was overcome with emotion as he married wife Sarah outside the Virginia hospital where he is receiving end-of-life care (Pictures: Duke University Hospital)
A dying groom sobbed as he married the love of his life outside the hospital where he is receiving end-of-life care. Jeffrey Benesch, 49, married wife Sarah Myler, 45, at Duke University Hospital in Martinsville, Virginia, on Saturday.
Jeffrey sat in a special wheelchair hooked up to medical equipment for the service, and could be seen crying after he and Sarah were pronounced man and wife.
The groom wore a smart burgundy shirt, with Sarah donning an elegant white gown, pink shrug, and ivory bouquet for the occasion. The Bensechs had been dating for nine years, and had planned to tie the knot last year, only for Covid to derail their plans.
Tragically, the couple feared they’d never be able to wed after Jeffrey was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, that is incurable and requires round-the-clock hospital. care. Sarah explained: ‘I’ve had my engagement ring for quite a few years now, it was his grandmother’s.
Jeffrey is battling congestive heart failure, and decided to marry Sarah after doctors told the couple he does not have long left to live (Picture: Duke University Hospital)
‘We planned to do it (get married) last year and then Covid hit and then he got even worse.’ Sarah cared for Jeffrey throughout his painful treatment, with the couple ultimately deciding to get wed after doctors warned them Jeffrey did not have long to life.
She said: It got progressively worse very quickly. They couldn’t give us a timeline other than he is really really sick.”
‘The two of us wanted to be able to exchange vows before anything happened and we couldn’t
‘It gives me an extra few nights sleeping next to him in a chair holding his hand. We wanted to have this memory.’
A statement from the hospital, who shared photos of the moving ceremony, explained: ‘Jeffrey was not eligible for a transplant or other interventions, but Sarah will always carry his spirit and their love for each other in her heart.
‘Members of Jeffrey’s care team, their friends and family, as well as hospital chaplains and musicians, helped to put the ceremony together.
‘We are inspired by the couple’s bravery and commitment, and we are humbled to be part of this beautiful event.’
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