Operation Day Becomes Wedding Day For Wichita Couple

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, October 1, 2010

The hospital staff at Via Christi Hospital at St. Teresa helped organize Billy and Elvina Duree's wedding. The Wichita couple met at a senior bowling league 13 months ago.

"They had both been married for over 50 years before their spouses passed away - both of diabetes. They had the wedding planned before he became ill and came in to the hospital," said Dawn Lane, hospital staff member and wedding organizer.

The couple did not want to postpone the planned nuptials after Billy was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday. The groom celebrated his wedding day, 83rd birthday, and a successful gallbladder operation all on the same day.

Billy is scheduled to be released from the hospital tomorrow.

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