The wedding ceremony of a seriously ill patient’s daughter was made memorable, thanks to the compassionate staff at a local hospital.
Staff at Broomfield Hospital, part of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, have helped arrange the wedding ceremony of Naisha Hussain and Raza Safdar from Cardiff, while Naisha’s dad, Munawar Hussain, was admitted there due to critical condition after a serious stroke.
Susan Malam, the hospital’s lead Chaplain, worked together with other Chaplains and hospital staff to make the necessary arrangements, while the family invited an Imam to solemnise a Muslim Nikah for the couple.
The hospital staff also helped Munawar to spruce-up and put on a festive outfit he had picked out long ago for Naisha’s wedding and brought him to the ceremony arranged at the hospital’s garden.
Both families were very appreciative of the care and efforts of hospital staff.
Thanking the staff for helping to create special memories, Naisha said: “I am really grateful to the staff at the hospital for the way they took care of my father and for their help in organising the Nikah. Though it was in a sad occasion because of my father’s health condition, they made my wedding day very beautiful and special by going above and beyond.
“Even now, I remember all the nurses and others who were involved by name – that’s the kind of impact the staff had on me and my family.”
Across all sites of the Trust, the Chaplains, together with other hospital staff have been arranging emergency sacraments, such as weddings and baptisms for years. They take great pride in helping patients and their loved ones to create precious memories in less-than-ideal situations.
Lead Chaplain Susan Malam said: “Weddings in the hospital are sensitive but very beautiful. It was wonderful to play a tiny part on such a joyful occasion and share lovely moments with Naisha, Raza, and both their families.”