One couple had their wedding in the hospital so their whole family could be present. They were especially thinking of their baby girl.
Rubia Ferreira and Tyler Campbell had plans of getting married on a beach in Japan. The couple met in Okinawa, Japan, where Campbell was stationed as a combat engineer in the Marines. In summer of 2017, they found out they were going to be parents for the first time, with their baby due in February of the following year. They immediately set a wedding date for the summer of 2018 when their first child could be present.
However, in November 2017, when they took a trip to the United States to see Campbell’s family, their lives were turned upside down. Not long after they made it to Alabama (Campbell is from Jasper) the expectant mom began having serious abdominal pain. She had a checkup before she left Japan and her doctor gave her the all clear to travel, but something was not right.
After the pain failed to subside, Campbell took Ferreira to the University of Alabama to Birmingham’s medical center. It was there she was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening liver disorder that affects pregnant women. Doctors informed the first time mom that her baby had to be delivered immediately to save both of their lives.
On November 8, 2017 at only 24.4 weeks Ferreira gave birth to Kaelin, who weighed only 14 ounces and was 7 inches long. She was 15 weeks early. In February, while Kaelin was still in the hospital, Campbell and Ferreira decided they wanted to push up the wedding and get married right then. After seeing a video of a couple who got married in a hospital on Facebook, the new parents decided that is what they wanted.
UAB agreed to let them get married in little Kaelin’s room. Thanks to all of the wonderful people working at the hospital, who had developed a close relationship with Campbell and Ferreira, they were able to wed on Valentine's Day right next to their baby girl. It was definitely not what they originally planned but it certainly meant more to them now then a beach wedding ever could.
Baby Kaelin is still in the hospital and will likely be there for a while. She has bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a serious lung condition that can affect premature infants and potentially cause breathing problems for years. Right now, Tyler and Rubia are staying at Ronald McDonald House one block from the hospital.
Best of luck to this new family!