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Hospital hosts wedding for heart patient

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James Wrinkle has a case of the wedding day jitters...only his symptoms are a bit more severe. He was hooked up to a hospital bed earlier this week, after having heart problems just days before his Valentine's Day courthouse ceremony.

"They said, 'Well, you're going to have to stay overnight.' I told the doctor, 'I gotta get married on Thursday!' " Wrinkle said.

His fiancée, Zoe Mercer, wasn't about to call it quits.

"I was looking up officiates, notaries. I called my real estate agent, I called my bank," Mercer said Thursday.

Turns out, they didn't have to look too far for help. Brooksville Regional Hospital offered to host their big day.

"This is where they wanted to be, had to be. We said, let us help you!" said Brooksville Regional Hospital Patient Advocate Dennis Wade.

Hospital staff served as makeup artists and photographers, and somehow planned a picture-perfect wedding in a day-and-a-half.

In a quiet ceremony crowded with doctors and nurses, the bride finally met her groom. While Wrinkle was still donning wires and monitors, it's safe to say his broken heart is on the mend.

"It is very much a dream come true," Mercer said.

This is the first time Brooksville Regional Hospital's ever thrown a wedding. All of the food and flowers were donated to the couple by the hospital and neighboring businesses.

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