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Stroke patient ties knot in rehab ward

A couple who met at a Birmingham swimming baths over a decade ago finally took the plunge and wed in an emotional ceremony at Moseley Hall Hospital.

BCHC colleagues and relatives of the happy couple festooned a ward meeting room with flowers, balloons and bunting at the inpatient neurological rehabilitation unit (INRU) – all designed to create a suitable setting for patient Mark Jessic to finally say “I do” to bride Jackie Painter.

Mark, aged 64, was admitted to INRU in February for daily care and therapy on his rehabilitation journey following a stroke in December.

Bride and groom were joined for the ceremony and celebrations by Mark’s son Brian, daughter Chloe and daughter-in-law Shirley plus well-wishers from the clinical team.

Mark Jessic and Jackie Painter were joined by family for their wedding at INRU
Mark and Jackie were joined by Mark's son Brian, daughter Chloe and daughter-in-law Shirley as they tied the knot.

Chloe made the bouquets while Brian and Shirley presented the clinical team with home-made hampers to say ‘thank you’ for the efforts in decorating the room.

The newly-weds met 11 years ago as regular users of the pool at Northfield Leisure Centre, where Mark was a member of the scuba diving club and Jackie a regular swimmer.

Jackie said she can hardly find words to express her appreciation for the ward team.

“The staff on Ward 9 have been fantastic and have really helped with Mark's rehabilitation - I cannot thank them enough”, said the 62-year-old.

Mark’s rehabilitation team hopes he will be ready for discharge from the ward in a couple of months’ time so that he can join his new wife at their home in Cofton Hackett.