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Stuck in hospital, cancer patient marries his love

Posted: October 20, 2013 6:00 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Dennis Lyman, right, feeds wedding cake to his new bride Barbara Lyman, right, shortly after their wedding ceremony Friday in the chapel of St. Joseph hospital in Orange.

ORANGE (AP) — Dennis Lyman wasn't about to let an extended hospital stay get between him and marrying his girlfriend of nearly 30 years.

So on Friday, Lyman exchanged vows with Barbara Monds from his bed at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange.

The Orange County Register reported ( that the couple had talked about getting married for a long time, and planned a ceremony for last week. But after radiation therapy for prostate cancer, the 68-year-old Lyman wasn't able to make it to the courthouse.

So hospital staff arranged a ceremony, and wheeled Lyman's bed to the chapel.

There, a doctor played violin as Monds walked down the improvised aisle.

Nurse Roberta Nelson helped dress Lyman in a white shirt and black tie, and even got her sister's veil for Monds.

"I wish every day was like this," Nelson said. "It's a whole lesson in humanity."


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