Sometimes, the things that we plan may not become a reality. However, nothing can stop two people who love each other, from making their dreams come true. Jessica Dhans and Timothy Berty just proved that after their wedding was interrupted by a medical emergency.
According to Metro, 30-year-old Jessica met Timothy in 2013. After hitting off their romantic journey soon after, the couple got engaged the following year. Since then, the two have been planning their big day which was scheduled in September 2019. The couple spent $10,000 for the preparations and had decided to have their ceremony at the local firehouse. However, things took a different turn just two days before the wedding.
“Everything was going to plan then the day before our wedding rehearsal dinner, we were setting up the firehouse and Timothy kept falling asleep. He had a really bad headache. He was falling asleep on the floor and on tables. He went home to sleep and the next morning, when I woke up, he wasn’t in bed. Timothy was in the living room, watching TV and he was talking gibberish,” recalled Jessica.
Though she thought her fiance was behaving strangely, Jessica, who works for a medical provider did not suspect any medical issues. “He thought he was speaking to me in sentences but he wasn’t making any sense,” recalls Jessica. So, the bride-to-be went on to meet her mother before the wedding. However, she asked Timothy’s mother to check on him while she was gone.
An hour later, she was informed that Timothy had to be airlifted to the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. On examination, Jessica was informed that her husband was diagnosed with an abscess on his brain. “He had a sinus infection but because he had a deviated septum it couldn’t drain out. It went up into his brain and his brain swelled. We sat in the hospital at 6.30 in the morning on what would have been our wedding day,” said Jessica.
Timothy had to undergo immediate surgery and that meant they would miss their 3 PM wedding. Jessica along with her family contacted their guests to inform their situation. “We told everyone that they could still go to the firehouse as everything was set up, the food was there and the cake was there. Everyone said it was horrible and the weirdest wedding – the bride and groom and their parents weren’t there. I expect it was very morbid,” said Jessica. At 1 pm Timothy got out of their surgery and went into a medically induced coma for 2 days. On waking up, he looked at his lovely woman and the first thing he said was, “You, me, forever.”
However, he was worried they couldn’t get married. 10 days later on 2 October 2019, the couple decided to tie the knot at the hospital. “I messaged our friend Courtney Gondringer, 28, who is an ordained minister, and I asked her if she was free that night. She came over after work. The nurses got Timothy dressed because he was still hooked up to drains and tubes. My mom and I got dressed in the bathroom,” said the woman.
Soon, Timothy was discharged and the couple got matching tattoos of Timothy’s first words after he woke up from the coma. “I wanted us to get married as soon as we could. Jessica never left my side, she stuck with me, she was there the whole time. I truly knew that this was the girl that I needed to marry. It was so frightening. It changed my perspective. I’m not as active as I want to be but I am getting there. It feels great to be a married man. I am just happy that I found my perfect mate,” said Timothy.