Stroke patient marries long-term partner in hospital ward

Daniel Williams marries Doris Fountain at Norwich Community Hospital.

Daniel Williams marries Doris Fountain at Norwich Community Hospital. - Credit: Archant

A patient recovering from a serious stroke has married his long-term partner in a somewhat unusual location.

Daniel Williams, 79, tied the knot with his beloved Doris Fountain, 57. in front of family, friends, and ward staff at a wedding ceremony held on Beech Ward at Norwich Community Hospital.

It is the first time a wedding has been held on the ward – where retired head teacher Mr Williams is recovering from his stroke which happened on July 23.

The happy groom had asked his new wife to marry him several times in the past but she had said no on a number of occasions.

However, after he had supported her through breast cancer and then had a stroke himself, she decided to take him up on his offer.

Her eldest son Luke Forrester said: 'It was love at first sight when they met all those years ago. Dan has been asking her to marry him for years and years.

'Mum wanted to get married to show Dan her commitment to him as he was there for her through her breast cancer.

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'The stroke was a big shock and it has really brought them closer together.' After agreeing to marry Mr Williams his bride-to-be approached ward sister Amy Clarke to ask if they could marry on the ward. 'This is a first for this ward,' Ms Clarke said. 'Doris just asked me at the nurses' station one day if they could get married, so we looked into it and were very happy to help make arrangements for it to go ahead.

'It was a very emotional day.'

The ward forms part of the hospital's Mulberry Unit, which is run by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

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