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In Sickness And In Health-Couple Marries In Hospital Chapel

Posted: 5:59 PM, Apr 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-29 18:00:06-04
Photo credit to CJ Cruz

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Following a fall that fractured the bride’s hip, a couple said their vows in the Baptist Health Lexington Hospital Chapel Monday afternoon.

The hospital said that 67-year-old Carol Stevenson, of Lexington, and 73-year-old Everett Conyers, of Nicholasville, have been engaged since Thanksgiving.

They had been anxiously awaiting their May 10th wedding, when a fractured hip changed their plans. Stevenson fell in her Lexington home on Friday. She had surgery at Baptist Health on Saturday.

With some physical rehab, Stevenson should be up in a few weeks, but the hospital said there was the matter of who would take care of Stevenson during her recovery.

Her fiance insisted he would take care of her, but the pair are both devout Christians and felt it would be wrong to live together before getting married.

So Monday afternoon, with the help of the Baptist Health Lexington staff and a few friends, the couple had a wedding in the hospital chapel. Their Sunday school teacher, retired Fayette Circuit Court Judge James Ishmael Jr., performed the ceremony.

The wedding was held on Conyers’ birthday.

“Being able to marry her is the best birthday present I’ve ever received,” said the groom.

The wedding cake was supplied by the hospital’s dietary services.

The May 10th ceremony is still on, and the couple is still planning for their honeymoon after Stevenson is feeling better.

Photo credit: CJ Cruz