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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The parents of two children who were both born profoundly deaf have met the inventors behind a device that has allowed them to hear.
Emily and Daniel Holmes, who are from Portishead, were fitted with the implant at Bristol Children's Hospital.
Katie Rowlett reports.
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."
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:
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.
An intensive care doctor has told an inquest that Isabella Janew's death was one of the most distressing events of his life.
An inquest heard how doctors spent 40 minutes carrying out CPR on Isabella when she went into cardiac arrest for the second time on 10th September 2013 at Bristol Children's Hospital.
But Dr Peter Davis said when they started chest compressions there was tonnes of blood coming out of her lungs and they struggled to ventilate her.
He said he didn't understand what caused Isabella to go into cardiac arrest.
A nurse has been describing how she sat stroking the hair of a toddler to comfort her moments before her heart stopped beating.
An inquest heard how Isabella Janew's eyes rolled back as she was being comforted by nurse Cheryl Lewis in the Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Children's Hospital.
The nurse said within seconds her heart dropped and she shouted for help. She told the inquest how doctors began chest compressions while she helped with Isabella's breathing. But the 16-month-old never recovered.
The day before Isabella has been admitted for an operation to widen her narrow heart artery. She suffered a cardiac arrest during the operation and was then taken to Intensive Care where she was looked after by nurse Cheryl Lewis.
During the inquest her parents said they had seen their daughter's blood pressure levels fluctuate and drop. They said when they voiced concerns Cheryl Lewis turned the monitor away.
Today the nurse told the inquest that she had turned the screen away to concentrate on Isabella and had called a doctor over when she noticed her low blood pressure, who had given her medication to stabilise it.
But during the inquest the nurse admitted she had never seen signs of an abnormal heart beat on a monitor, something known as an ST depression. But when analysing the print outs from the machine showing Isabella's last half hour, the nurse admitted her heart had at times shown it was in distress but said it was so fleeting she hadn't noticed it on the monitor. She told the inquest that although she had never seen an ST depression in real life she said she felt her training was adequate enough to recognise it.
The inquest continues.
An inquest continues today into the death of a 16 month old girl who died after heart surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital.
Isabella Janew from Gloucester died after a procedure on her heart that her parents were told was routine.
The hearing learned yesterday that Isabella went into cardiac arrest during the operation and a trainee doctor injected her with ten times the recommended dose of adrenaline. She died the next day.