Couple exchanges vows in hospital after groom's father falls ill - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Couple exchanges vows in hospital after groom's father falls ill

Richard and Patsy Diamond got married in Germantown Methodist hospital. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Richard and Patsy Diamond got married in Germantown Methodist hospital. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Richard's father, Luther, fell ill days before the wedding. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Richard's father, Luther, fell ill days before the wedding. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A wedding day can certainly be memorable for anyone participating in the big event. However, one couple's special day was made even more emotional because one family member almost didn't make it.

"About a week before the marriage, he got really sick," Richard Diamond recalled. "And we almost lost my dad."

Diamond and his then-fiance, Patsy, planned to get married on March 21. They postponed the wedding when Diamond's father, Luther, got sick and fell into a coma for four days.

"Each day he got better, so we were gonna hold off until he came out of the hospital to try and redo the wedding," said Diamond. "But we just decided, 'You know what? Why not today?'"

The wedding was held on April 1, but it was no joke.

"I've been waiting for this for a long time," said Luther Diamond. "He finally got the woman he deserved."

A small group of family, friends, and hospital staff gathered at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital to watch Diamond and Patsy exchange vows with Luther right beside them.

"I was hoping I would live long enough to see this day," said Luther, ecstatic that he could witness the special day in his son's life. "This is just one of the happiest days on my life."

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