Heart transplant patient marries at San Diego hospital

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, March 11, 2013 10:02 EDT
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A couple gets married in a San Diego hospital.
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Manuel Francisco, 46, didn’t want to wait a day longer than necessary to tie the knot with fiancee Diane Sobreo, despite the fact that he’s largely confined to a hospital bed. On Sunday the two officially married at San Diego’s Sharp Memorial Hospital, just weeks after Francisco underwent heart transplant surgery.

His transplant arrived on Feb. 26, much earlier than expected, after doctors diagnosed him with viral cardiomyopathy last August, according to NBC San Diego. The couple planned to wed as soon as possible once doctors put Francisco on the transplant list on Feb. 8.

Appearing at a ceremony surrounded by friends, family and hospital staff, Francisco kissed his new wife through a surgeon’s mask. “We made it through for each other, and with the support of friends and family and the Sharp hospital,” Sobreo told Fox 5 San Diego.

This video is from Fox 5 San Diego, aired Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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