Sun shines on joyful wedding at Mount Druitt Hospital’s supportive and palliative care unit

There was a whole lot of love at Mount Druitt Hospital in Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) where a wedding was held for a patient at the Supportive and Palliative Care Unit (PCU).

John, a patient, and Jo, were married in the beautiful gardens of the PCU and the nurses at Mount Druitt Hospital went out of their way to make this a special event for the couple.

With John unwell their wedding plans had been cancelled but the nurses assured the young couple they could still celebrate.

Kylie Clark, volunteer manager of Palliative Care, Supportive and Palliative Care Services at WSLHD saidFlowers were gifted, chairs and tables were arranged and decorations were supplied to make this very special event a moment for the happy couple to treasure.”

“It’s such a beautiful love story, full of love.”

Family members attended with staff respectfully giving them space whilst ensuring all care was provided as needed.

John was from Zambales, a town in the Philippines, about 150 kms away from Manila but was living in Sydney

The romance started when John went on a travelled back to the Philippines for a holiday in January 2020 and met primary school teacher Jo.

Friendship and attraction developed and in July last year, in the midst of the pandemic, Jo said YES to John.

Unfortunately, just a month later, John was diagnosed with a rare colon cancer stage four.

He underwent surgical procedures, then chemotherapy at Blacktown Hospital.

Hearing about their situation, the PCU at Mount Druitt Hospital allowed them to have the wedding which was performed by a celebrant.

It was such a very happy and unforgettable day for the bride and the groom.”

Kylie Clark

Right up until his recent passing, Jo stayed by John’s bedside 24/7 and his family had been bringing in food and other necessities daily.

Whilst during the COVID-19 pandemic there have been challenges the tireless efforts of nursing and other health staff has ensured these special celebrations can still occur to help people facing a life limiting illness live to the fullest.

Kylie said both the unit and hospital sends Jo sincere condolences in this difficult time.