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Couple fulfil their son's dying wish by getting married

Jemma and Craig Edwards made history by marrying at their dying son's hospital bedside Credit: Bristol City Council

The parents of a five-year-old boy have fulfilled his dying wish by getting married at his bedside at Bristol Children's Hospital.

Corey Edwards passed away last night, but not before seeing his mum and dad make history.

Corey had always wanted his parents, Jemma and Craig, to get married and last week they made history by becoming the first couple to tie the knot in Bristol Children’s Hospital - at their son’s bedside.

Corey Edwards was being treated on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children after being admitted in January.

Five-year-old Corey Edwards died last night after a long battle with his heart condition Credit: Bristol City Council

Diagnosed with a complex congenital heart defect at the age of seven months old, Corey underwent eight open-heart surgeries and other treatment.

The couple from Teignmouth in Devon were engaged for three years but their plans to marry were put on hold due to the birth of their two younger daughters Isabelle (2) and Caitlyn (24 weeks) and Corey’s ill health.

When they learnt of their son’s wish, they felt they had to act. With the help of staff, and friends made at the hospital, plans were put in place to help the couple marry at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Jemma and Craig Edwards sign the register at Bristol Children's Hospital Credit: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust

When we knew Corey’s wishes, everyone on PICU and Ward 32, including staff and friends, got together to help us.

The Bishop of Bristol had to write to the Archbishop of Canterbury to get special permission for us to marry in the hospital and we are so grateful he agreed. When we got the go ahead, we only had a matter of days to plan. We rushed into town to buy a dress and suit and made do with our engagement rings as wedding rings.

We couldn’t believe the generosity of all those involved. One nurse helped to do Jemma’s hair, whilst another two members of staff made the cake and iced it. Chairs were pulled together to form an aisle and decorations were put up to make it feel like a wedding venue.

We were married on Saturday 4 April by the hospital’s chaplain, Graham Reaper-Brown, who was very excited to be sharing this occasion with us. However, the most important thing for us was having our son Corey at our side, holding the rings and wearing his suit. We couldn’t have been more proud of him. We were also incredibly lucky to have our daughters there and the support of so many.

– Jemma and Craig Edwards
The marriage ceremony took place in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Credit: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust

The newlyweds spent their wedding night at their son’s bedside and later returned to the Ronald McDonald House where they have been staying whilst Corey was in hospital.

Despite Corey's death, Craig and Jemma want everyone to know their story and how very special their little boy was.

Parents of Abigail criticise hospital

The parents of a baby girl who died after heart surgery have criticised the hospital for not being upfront enough about the dangers their daughter faced.

Five month old Abigail Treloar was born with a complicated heart condition. Today an inquest heard she died from natural causes, and the coroner recorded a narrative verdict.

Bristol Children's hospital says it would like to "repeat its condolences to Abigail Treloar's family."

Our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett reports.

Mother of baby who died at Bristol Children's Hospital demands answers

Abigail Treloar died after heart surgery at the hospital.

A mother whose baby girl died after heart surgery at Bristol Children's hospital says she has many questions ahead of her daughter's inquest tomorrow.

Five-month-old Abigail Treloar from Stockwood in Bristol died last June after an operation on her heart. This will be the tenth inquest into children's cardiac deaths at the hospital.

Sharon Treloar, Abigail's mother, told Katie Rowlett about her frustration at still not knowing why her baby died.


Mother who lost son to leukaemia pays for new unit at Bristol Children's Hospital

Paula Banks has raised £100,000, which has paid for a new playroom at Bristol Children's Hospital Credit: ITV News

A woman from Bristol whose son died from leukaemia has raised a hundred thousand pounds for the city's children's hospital.

The money, raised by Paula Banks, has paid for a new playroom and conservatory at the hospital's new cancer unit. The room includes a tribute to Paula's son Jack, who was just 9 when he died.

Paula says: "People really got behind the cause. It just went crazy really and over a few years managed to get to the target. To be stood here today it's just a wonderful lasting legacy to my son."

Parents of toddler who died after surgery "still have many unanswered questions"

The parents of a toddler who died a day after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital say they still have many unanswered questions.

An inquest heard how Isabella Janew had been given two overdoses by doctors when she suffered a cardiac arrest in September 2013. But a coroner said the cause of death had been due to a congenital heart condition and recorded a narrative conclusion.

This means that the cause of death is recorded without attributing the cause to a named individual.

Here are Isabella's parents speaking after the inquest:

Third day of inquest into toddler death

16 month old Isabella Janew died in September 2013 after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital Credit: Family

An inquest is expected to conclude today into the death of a 16 month old girl from Gloucester who died after heart surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital.

The hearing learned yesterday that doctors spent 40 minutes trying to resuscitate Isabella Janu. A consultant at the hospital said there was so much blood coming out of her lungs they couldn't revive her.

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