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In sickness and in health - Couple weds in father's hospital room

Photo above: Jan 5 Wedding: Pictured from left to right: Nick Millsap, Kathryne Johnson, Lenny Johnson and Brittany [Johnson] Millsap take a photo to commemorate the couple’s wedding on Level 2 at CalvertHealth Medical Center. Photo courtesy of Brittany Millsap.

Photo below: Jan 6 Wedding: Although Mr. and Mrs. Millsap did also have a ceremony on Saturday, January 6 for friends and family, the couple was officially married Friday evening with the bride’s dad looking on. Photo courtesy of Candace Nicole Photography.

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. - Upon getting engaged, Brittany [Johnson] Millsap set a wedding date in October 2018. After her father was diagnosed with AL amyloidosis, the family would move the wedding date up two more times to ensure that Brittany and her father could share the moment where he would walk her down the aisle.

When he was admitted to CalvertHealth Medical Center on Thursday, January 4, Mr. Johnson told the staff the story of his daughter’s wedding – which was now to take place on Saturday, January 6. He was determined to be released in time to walk his daughter down the aisle.

On Friday, January 5, when the family learned that Mr. Johnson would likely not be released, the bride-to-be and her best friend worked with the staff at CalvertHealth Medical Center to set a plan into motion that would allow Mr. Johnson to be in attendance when his daughter said her vows.

Later that evening, Mr. Johnson was moved into a larger room that staff had decorated with a lit tree and flowers from other areas of the medical center. Mrs. Johnson said, “It was beautiful what they were able to do for us. And none of it would have been possible had those nurses not been determined to make it happen.” She continued, “I get very emotional talking about it, but my husband and I are so appreciative of what the staff at Calvert did for us and our daughter.”

The couple did move forward with their ceremony on Saturday, January 6 so that family and friends would have the chance to be part of this milestone in their lives, but they officially became Mr. and Mrs. Millsap in a quiet, intimate service on Level 2 of CalvertHealth Medical Center with the bride’s dad looking on.

Mr. Johnson is now home spending time with family.

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