Doctor and nurse on coronavirus frontlines marry in hospital, send champagne to virtual guests

Doctor and nurse on coronavirus frontlines marry in hospital, send champagne to virtual guests

A nurse and doctor in the United Kingdom got married in the hospital where they’ve both served on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jann Tipping and Annalan Navaratnam, who work at St Thomas’ Hospital in London as an ambulatory emergency nurse and an acute medical registrar respectively, planned on holding their nuptials in August.

The couple ended up cancelling due to their families not being able to fly into London from Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka. But rather than postpone their wedding for the foreseeable future, Tipping and Navaratnam opted to hold their wedding as soon as possible “while everyone was still healthy,” said Tipping.

Jann Tipping and Annalan Navaratnam both work at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

"We wanted to make sure we could celebrate while we were all still able to," Tipping said in a statement.

St. Thomas chaplains got special permission to hold the ceremony in the hospital’s chapel. Their wedding took place in April, which Tipping said was a “surreal” and “intimate” experience with only the couple, two witnesses and Rev. Mia Hilborn, the hospital’s head of spiritual healthcare and the wedding officiant.

One of the witnesses livestreamed the wedding for out-of-town guests.

After the ceremony, the couple held a virtual reception — and sent a bottle of champagne to all of their virtual guests.

St. Thomas chaplains got special permission to hold the ceremony in the hospital’s chapel.

Despite the difficulty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the couple says it was a nice reprieve “in the middle of an anxious time.”

“We're so happy that we have been able to commit ourselves to one another and that the hospital has been able to support us to do that,” said Navaratnam.

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