Wedding moved to hospital after groom fall

June 29, 2011 at 4:30 AM
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ERIE, Pa., June 29 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania couple said their wedding had a last-minute change of venue when the groom took a tumble down a flight of stairs and had to be hospitalized.

Derek and Cassy McBride said they had been scheduled to wed Saturday on Beach 7 at Presque Isle State Park but their plans changed abruptly when Derek fell down a flight of stairs Saturday morning and was hospitalized with three broken ribs that punctured and collapsed his lung, the Erie Times reported Tuesday.

However, the couple would not be deprived their happy day and held the wedding later Saturday in the chapel at the Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie. Derek McBride, 26, was pushed down the aisle in a wheelchair with his tuxedo on over his hospital gown and his tubes taped to his back. However, he was able to stand from the chair during the ceremony.

"We only had a half-hour," Derek McBride said. "It turned out beautiful."

The couple, who hadn't planned a honeymoon, said they have spent their nights since the wedding together in Derek's hospital room.

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