Couple gets married at a Staten Island hospital

It wasn't part of their wedding plans, but a Staten Island Couple are the first to be married in a new chapel at Staten Island University Hospital. NY1's Natalie Duddridge has the story.

Trading in a hospital gown for a wedding gown, Sue Hazen walked down the aisle at Staten Island University Hospital's new chapel this past weekend.

It's a day she and her fiancé have been waiting for, for years, but almost had to push back again after the groom got sick.

"This time it was because I apparently had a bacterial infection in my leg that they were only able to find out fairly recently,” said the groom, Christopher Hazen.

The Hazens have had to postpone their wedding day at least five times over the years.

Superstorm Sandy flooded their home in 2012, and last year, doctors removed a cancerous tumor from Christopher's leg.

Chris: Hurricanes, and cancer —

Sue: And my mom's triple bypass.

Chris: We just decided at this point that we're not waiting.

But in sickness and in health, the Hazens stood by one another, and this time they weren't going to let a trip to the hospital ruin their special day.

"Already we had the house decorated, we have stuff there, but if it happens in the hospital room we're doing it in the hospital room," Sue said.

Even though saying "I do" at the hospital wasn't on their "to do" list, the Hazens are the first couple to get married in the hospital's chapel, which opened last February.

The non-denominational space is available to staff and patients for meditation, prayer, or even Bible studies.

"We take care of the spiritual and emotional needs of the patients, but how often does a wedding happen?" said Father John DeLora, the director of pastoral care at the hospital.

Hospital staff planned the wedding in just a couple of hours, and even hosted a dinner in the cafeteria for the couple and their loved ones.

"The hospital staff simply overheard me mention that we were supposed to be getting married, and they made this all happen in very short work," Christopher said.

Now, Sue says they're looking forward to a full recovery. "Got to get him all better, come home, and start our lives together," Sue said.

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