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Two liver transplant patients who met and fell in love in the hospital ward have got MARRIED.
And even their honeymoon was a throwback to how they first met – they spent it competing at the British Transplant Games.
Shelley, 35, and Wayne, 49, met at London’s King College Hospital in July 2012.
Wayne had his first liver transplant in 2009 after inflamed bile ducts led to organ damage, but was re-admitted to hospital in 2012 after falling ill.
He was given just 24 hours to live, but defied doctors’ expectations and pulled through.
Wayne, from London, needed a second transplant, though, and so remained at King’s for eight months until a new liver donor could be found.
It was while waiting that he struck up a friendship with Shelley, who was recovering from a transplant after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis.
Shelley and Wayne were able to enjoy dates in the dayroom and walks down the road together until Shelley was discharged in the August.
But she returned as a visitor just days later after learning Wayne had had his operation.
As Wayne slowly recovered, the couple got closer and Wayne proposed to Shelley during a cruise last year.
Now Shelley and Wayne have tied the knot. And it wouldn’t be complete without references to how they met …
They had a butterfly-themed wedding to tie in with a national donor charity that uses a butterfly as part of its logo. It represents hope and new life.
The couple’s wedding favours were also the charity’s key rings.
Shelley and Wayne then spent their honeymoon at the British Transplant Games.
The annual event aims to raise awareness of transplantation and the organ donation register while thanking and celebrating donor families.