After long COVID battle, Iowa man decides to wed in hospital

Jonathan Johnson spent weeks on a ventilator battling COVID-19, then determined to get married — in the hospital

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Jonathan Johnson spent weeks on a ventilator battling COVID-19, then determined to get married — in the hospital.

The 28-year-old man stunned his fiancée with the assistance of hospital employees and organized a marriage final month in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Council Bluffs, tying the knot with 28-year-old Mariah Copeland from his mattress, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

“I didn’t need any regrets,” Johnson stated Tuesday. “After coming off the ventilator, you view plenty of issues otherwise in life.”

Johnson was identified with COVID-19 in September. He quarantined in the couple’s bed room away from Copeland and their 2-year-old son.

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Copeland additionally examined constructive, however it was Johnson whose situation worsened. He landed in Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and was on a ventilator for greater than three weeks.

As quickly as Johnson received off the ventilator, he determined the time was proper for the marriage.

“You see plenty of disappointment, and generally the tip isn’t at all times what we wished,” nurse Jenna Harvey stated. “With Jonathan, this gave us hope and it type of retains us going. … It’s one thing they each deserve.”

Family, buddies and an officiant had been looped in and persuaded Copeland to do her hair and make-up and head up to the hospital for a go to on Oct. 14. When she received to Johnson’s room — the place he was not in isolation or contagious — he instructed her that she was there for a marriage.

“I didn’t assume that was going to occur so quickly,” she stated. “I’m so blissful it did, so I can spend my ceaselessly with the man that I really like.”

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Legal paperwork lists the marriage date as Oct. 22, the day Johnson was launched. He is on the mend at dwelling, and nonetheless makes use of oxygen. The couple hope to have one other ceremony after he totally recovers.

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