Marriage ceremony bells rang inside Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London Wednesday, because the dad and mom of a NICU child tied the knot with their daughter in their arms.
Grier Stanley and Jason Barnwell have been anticipating their first youngster to be born July 14, however their daughter, Drue, made an early arrival on April 21. The couple’s marriage ceremony was initially scheduled for every week later, nevertheless it was canceled as soon as Drue arrived early weighing simply over two kilos.
“Drue had other plans,” stated Jason Barnwell, Drue’s dad.
The 100 plus days since Drue’s start have been difficult for the household. They are saying she is a real fighter.
“Words can’t describe that,” Barnwell stated. “You don’t know if your baby is coming home. That is rough.”
Night time after night time, the dad and mom stated they went residence and prayed that their daughter’s well being would enhance. And it did.
Medical doctors say she may be capable to go residence by the tip of the week.
“We are just so grateful,” stated Grier Stanley, Drue’s mother.
Before the couple takes their daughter residence, although, they needed to take one another’s arms in marriage. Surrounded by the NICU workers that cared for his or her daughter, they made their vows.
”To honor us with the care of their child and to honor us to be witnesses to their marriage is an extremely particular occasion for all of us,” stated Dr. James Pellegrini, director of the NICU at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
Pellegrini stated in his 30 years of working with newborns, he has by no means witnessed a marriage in a NICU. He known as it a second he’ll always remember.
Grier and Jason joked that Drue was their flower lady, greatest man and maid of honor. They stated they’re excited to begin the lives collectively.
“It’s the excellent begin. It’s our begin,” Stanley said. “And there’s nothing extra excellent than that.”