Texas couple marries at San Antonio hospital as fiancé battles COVID-19

SAN ANTONIO – With so many uncertainties introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic, one Texas couple knew the luxurious of time was not on their facet.

Fernando Nino, 42, grew to become in poor health with COVID-19 in September. His fiancée, Michele Herbert, stated most hospitals informed her that Fernando wouldn’t survive.

“It’s extremely difficult to see the person that you love almost die, several [times], over and over. It’s really tough to see them not being able to breathe,” Herbert stated as she sat by his hospital mattress.

However, Nino was chosen to obtain ECMO life-support remedy at Methodist Hospital. According to Methodist officers, he remained within the Lung Rescue ICU for a number of months.

Both Herbert and Nino determined to not wait any longer to get married and selected Nov. 17, Michele’s birthday, as their wedding ceremony date.

Nurses from the ICU organized the marriage, adorning with balloons, flowers, and a cake to have fun, Methodist officers stated.


When the day got here, Herbert wore a white wedding ceremony dress and walked down the “aisle”, which was a hallway lined with nurses who had been serving to in Nino’s recovery. At the top of the hallway was the chapel the place he was ready, nonetheless on life assist, with a reverend who would officiate the wedding.

“It was better than I imagined. It was a wonderful feeling because I couldn’t ask for more than just him being alive. I didn’t imagine that we’d ever get married,” Herbert stated.

Officials stated the 2 celebrated with a champagne toast and a conventional wedding ceremony cake tasting. And in the direction of the top, Herbert thanked the employees for serving to save her husband’s life.

“Thank you all so much for everything that you’ve done and do every single day. Not just for him [Fernando]. But you all work endlessly; it is amazing that you can work day in and day out and still continue through the bad. Thank you for not giving up, and thank you all so much for doing all the work that you do,” Herbert stated.


Herbert contracted the virus from Nino, however her signs had been gentle as a result of she was vaccinated.

Nino stays on the ECMO machine, however medical doctors say his prognosis is optimistic.

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