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Heart attack prompted sweethearts to tie the knot

Kathleen and Philip on their wedding day Credit: MEN Syndication

A man married his partner of 25 years the very next day after suffering a heart attack.

Philip Pickrick, 82, from Hazel Grove, Stockport, was rushed to Stepping Hill Hospital on June 14.

After doctors told him he had suffered a heart attack he proposed to girlfriend Kathleen Geering, 81, and they decided to tie the knot as soon as possible.

They told staff on the coronary care ward and the hospital chaplains organised registrars to visit and carry out the ceremony.

Since then Philip’s condition has improved. He was first moved to a non-emergency ward and this week he returned to the couple’s home.

“I’d like to thank the staff at the hospital twice over. First for the brilliant care they’ve given Philip after his heart attack, and secondly for helping us organise the wedding at such short notice."

– Kathleen Geering

“It was a real pleasure for us to help organise the wedding ceremony for Philip and Kathleen. And it was even more of a pleasure to see Philip leave the ward on the way to recovery."

– Helen Sherwood, a sister on the coronary care unit