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Nurses Organised Marriage of San Antonio COVID 19 Patient to Bring him Life Back

Nurses Organises Marriage of  San Antio COVID 19 Patient to Bring him Life Back

A San Antonio man who has had a tough fight with COVID-19 is now a married man, thanks to the help of some caring hospital staff in San Antonio Methodist Hospital.

Carlos Muniz was supposed to marry his fiancée Grace Leimann in July when he contracted the coronavirus.

"That was the most difficult part for me, was just letting him go into the E.R. and not knowing when I would see him again," Leimann told KSAT.

Leimann said Muniz's lungs collapsed twice and that she almost lost him twice.

He has since been on ECMO, a life-saving machine to help with his heart and lung function.

To prepare for the big day, Holdridge bought matching tuxedo t-shirts for himself and the groom, and told the patient he would be his best man. Muniz agreed.

On Tuesday, August 11, the happy couple were joined in matrimony at a socially distanced wedding attended by immediate family and the hospital workers who had helped care for Muniz over the last month. Sweet wedding instrumentals played while nurses wheeled the grinning groom down a corridor in his hospital bed to await his beautiful bride.

Nurses Organises Marriage of  San Antio COVID 19 Patient to Bring him Life Back
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Muniz, who donned a tuxedo shirt, was able to leave his room while on ECMO with the help of hospital staff. Leimann wore her wedding dress.

The couple was surrounded by family.

Once Methodist Hospital workers found out the two were engaged, they knew they had to do something special.

"We were trying to be creative to get people and bring some life back into people and help them continue to fight through what is one of the worst hospitalizations I've ever seen," said registered nurse Matt Holdridge.

"It was a beautiful moment. And all I could see was him as I was walking down the aisle," Leimann said. "I will treasure that memory forever."

Muniz is still in the hospital ICU, but has now tested negative for COVID-19.

"I don't think there was a dry eye in the room given everything he's been through and everything he had gone through to get to this point," Holdridge said. "It was a pretty magical event."

At the end of the ceremony, the bride thanked their families for their support and the hospital workers for their commitment to their patients.

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