Couple Marries in Hospice So Dying Baby Can Participate

Patricia and Christopher Armstrong’s 1 month son, Conner, was born with the rare genetic disorder Trisomy 18 (also known as “Edwards’ Syndrome”) which affects 1 in 2500 babies, causing severe birth defects that usually result in premature death. While many of the babies who have the disorder are stillborn, Conner, who was born with three holes in his heart, was given a few weeks to live. His parents, therefore, decided to marry in the hospice where he is cared for, so he could be a part.

The ceremony took place in Lexington, North Carolina, and Conner was carried in the arms of his parents while they exchanged their “I do’s”. Mom Patricia said “It has been scary. It has been emotional, but well worth it”. Conner’s older sisters also took place in the special event.

Sadly, Conner passed away on March 14, 2017, only three days after his parents’ emotional hospice wedding.

Patricia posted on her Facebook page that she and her husband have no regrets regarding their son’s care. She wrote “I don’t care what anyone thinks about the decisions we made in regards to our baby boy. We gave him the chance to live, love and be loved. We gave up everything to be closer to our son.”

Christopher also shared a post on his Facebook page where he said his last goodbye to his son. “We cherish every minute we got to spend with you and everyone who was blessed to meet you are so grateful”.

Conner’s family has been struggling to pay all of the medical bills related to Conner’s care, and his parents have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Conner’s funeral, which they are unable to afford, with a goal of $5000.

About the author

Rotem Itzhaky