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A Grand Island couple in their 70s celebrated their wedding in an Intensive Care Unit. COVID-19 has taken a toll on their family, so they jumped on the chance to tie the knot. Marta and Julio Chumel first met in Mexico. Even after 44 years together, these partners are still madly in love. ” my heart, my life, everything,” Marta said. “My love.”Julio has battled COVID-19 for weeks. In Spanish, Marta shared how Julio caught the virus about a month ago. He’s at CHI St. Francis, and Marta has never left his side. “I feel OK, more happy because he is with me and I know he’s being well taken care of,” Marta said. “He’s taking his medicine and everything, so I’m OK. I’m happy.”One of Julio’s nurses, Hanna Kovarik said because the couple wasn’t married, signing off on medical forms was tricky. But, Julio had an idea. “He was like, ‘Why can’t we just get married?” said Kovarik. “Wouldn’t that just make things easier?’ A few nurses subbed in as volunteer wedding planners. They arranged a small ceremony in Julio’s room, where he dressed to impress, and Marta wore white. Cafeteria staff even baked two small cakes for the newlyweds.”It was probably one of the best days of their lives,” said Kovarik.Kovarik was there as a bridesmaid, witness and impromptu ring bearer. “I wore two silicon wedding bands,” said Kovarik. “And he looked at his hand and he didn’t have any.”Kovarik gave Marta a white band and Julio the gray. The couple has worn them since their special day. “Having something like this just changed like the whole entire atmosphere of the ICU and even in the hospital,” Kovarik said.Even though it wasn’t the moment they dreamed of having, a wedding in a church with friends and family, Marta said being together was all that mattered.”Because the day we got married, he said: ‘Marta, tell me, do you want to get married to me?'” said Marta. “And I said, ‘Of course I will. I will marry you.'”

A Grand Island couple in their 70s celebrated their wedding in an Intensive Care Unit. COVID-19 has taken a toll on their family, so they jumped on the chance to tie the knot.

Marta and Julio Chumel first met in Mexico. Even after 44 years together, these partners are still madly in love.

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“[He’s] my heart, my life, everything,” Marta said. “My love.”

Julio has battled COVID-19 for weeks. In Spanish, Marta shared how Julio caught the virus about a month ago. He’s at CHI St. Francis, and Marta has never left his side.

“I feel OK, more happy because he is with me and I know he’s being well taken care of,” Marta said. “He’s taking his medicine and everything, so I’m OK. I’m happy.”

One of Julio’s nurses, Hanna Kovarik said because the couple wasn’t married, signing off on medical forms was tricky. But, Julio had an idea.

“He was like, ‘Why can’t we just get married?” said Kovarik. “Wouldn’t that just make things easier?’

A few nurses subbed in as volunteer wedding planners. They arranged a small ceremony in Julio’s room, where he dressed to impress, and Marta wore white. Cafeteria staff even baked two small cakes for the newlyweds.

“It was probably one of the best days of their lives,” said Kovarik.

Kovarik was there as a bridesmaid, witness and impromptu ring bearer.

“I wore two silicon wedding bands,” said Kovarik. “And he looked at his hand and he didn’t have any.”

Kovarik gave Marta a white band and Julio the gray. The couple has worn them since their special day.

“Having something like this just changed like the whole entire atmosphere of the ICU and even in the hospital,” Kovarik said.

Even though it wasn’t the moment they dreamed of having, a wedding in a church with friends and family, Marta said being together was all that mattered.

“Because the day we got married, he said: ‘Marta, tell me, do you want to get married to me?'” said Marta. “And I said, ‘Of course I will. I will marry you.'”

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