Couple Gets Married In Hospital So 11-Week-Old Son Can Attend
Justin Nelson and Kristi Warriner wanted a wedding that included the entire family, even if it meant a change of venue.
The Texas couple married on November 11 in the presence of 8-year-old daughter, Carissa, and 11-week-old newborn, JJ, at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Warriner gave birth to premature twin boys, JJ and Colt, at the beginning of September, just 25 weeks into her pregnancy.
Due to complications during pregnancy, Colt tragically died while still in the womb.
JJ continues to struggle with chronic lung disease, but both Nelson and Warriner are constantly by his side in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU).
So, when the couple decided to exchange vows, there was no place they’d rather have been than the NICU so both Carissa and JJ could attend.
The officiant performed the ceremony next to JJ’s crib, as Warriner’s white dress sparkled above the tiny infant.
Daughter Carissa took the coveted role of both flower girl and ringbearer.
Warriner told NBC she hopes parents keeping watch over sick children know they have a support system. She said,
Our mission behind all this was to hopefully let others [know] that have been there, are there, or unfortunately one day could be in a similar situation as ours, and let them know they are not alone.
It is the most heartbreaking thing to ever go through as a parent.
The little boy was only 1 pound, 13 ounces at birth, but now weighs in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces.
The couple hopes to have him at home by Christmastime.