“Miracle Christmas wedding” at the MUHC for a woman with advanced ovarian cancer

At Saturday’s ceremony, groom Daves Lachance, 41, told bride Kelly Bédard, 24: “For better or for worse, forever.”

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It was so at the last minute that they hadn’t prepared any wishes. But what Daves Lachance told his wife, Kelly Bédard, “could not have been more appropriate,” said Liat Lev-Ary, the notary who officiated the couple’s emergency wedding ceremony at the Glen site on Saturday. from the McGill University Health Center.


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“He said, ‘For better or for worse, forever.’ They started to cry. And we all started to cry.

Bedard, 24, learned when she was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child that she had advanced ovarian cancer.

“We thought about our family,” said Lachance, who has three children from a previous relationship. The oldest of the seven is 14 years old; the youngest, the only girl, was born last summer. “We wanted to do our best for our family – all of us together. “

Just a few days ago, the couple from Mont-Laurier, who had already discussed marriage, decided they wanted a Christmas wedding. They asked the medical and nursing staff for help to organize it, “but it’s not easy,” said Lachance, 41.

One of the MUHC nurses knew of a lawyer who posted a request late last week on the Facebook page of a community of mothers to help her achieve a “miracle Christmas wedding.”


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Lev-Ary saw the post; helping the couple was like “a call,” she said. She had performed a wedding under similar circumstances and knew what to do. She rearranged her weekend and vacation plans with her own family – she and her husband have four children – to make herself available.

When a couple wants to get married, 20 days notice of the impending marriage must be given; this is called the display of banns. The law grants Lev-Ary the right, as a notary, to dispense with the 20-day waiting period. She had only used it once before: in this case, the groom, who was seriously ill, died three days later.

Money was a problem for the couple; Bédard has been hospitalized and discharged for the past seven months, mainly in. hospital. His parents and mother take care of the children.


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An anonymous donor took to Facebook to offer to cover Lev-Ary’s fees, which she had reduced.

“I wanted to help. It wasn’t about the money, ”she said.

A MUHC nurse liaised, providing the necessary contact details. “We were all focused on achieving this goal,” said Lev-Ary.

On Saturday, Bedard put on make-up, got out of bed and, although she was weak and frail, walked to the family room in a hospital. She was wearing a hospital gown – the drainage pipes made it impossible to put on the dress she was wearing – and the groom admired his bride, telling her over and over how beautiful she was.

Lev-Ary donned a black dress and the mothers of the bride and groom served as witnesses. Lachance’s sister was present. Several nurses stood at the door, joking that they were the marriage breakers. After the ceremony, the couple were toasted with alcohol-free bubbles.

“Life is precious. Time is a gift,” Lev-Ary wrote in a Facebook post. “Let’s embrace the people we love – and stop to appreciate what we have.”

A toast with alcohol-free champagne on December 25 in a family room at the McGill University Health Center, following the wedding of Kelly Bédard and Daves Lachance.
A toast with alcohol-free champagne on December 25 in a family room at the McGill University Health Center, following the wedding of Kelly Bédard and Daves Lachance. Photo courtesy of Liat Lev-Ary

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