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Couple married in Utah hospital room on Christmas Day

Posted at 12:54 PM, Dec 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-25 17:11:18-05

MURRAY, Utah — A hospital room at Intermountain Medical Center became a makeshift wedding chapel as a patient and his fiancé tied the knot on Christmas morning.

Curt Harkins, 56, of Castleford, Idaho has been hospitalized since October with heart failure and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday, a hospital spokesperson said.

Caregivers at Intermountain Medical Center helped find a district judge, obtain the proper paperwork and even decorated the hospital room.

Then, early Wednesday morning, Harkins and his fiancee, Renee Hall, both wore hospital gowns as they exchanged vows.

“We had been planning to get married last year, but life ended up getting in the way,” said Harkins. “I love her a lot and wanted to make sure we made it official.”

Surgeons with Intermountain Medical Center’s Heart Institute will be putting in a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) pump to keep Curt’s heart functioning until he can receive a heart transplant.