Couple Weds at WRMC Joint Resort

Most fairytale stories include a dashing prince, a castle, and an enchanting wedding. However, Cherokee Village residents Jane Huddleston and Chuck Danyaw composed their fairytale in a more untraditional manner on the fourth floor of White River Medical Center, in her hospital room--and they wouldn't have had it any other way. The two were united in marriage while she was a patient at WRMC.

Rewinding to earlier in 2011, Chuck walked through the doors of a small restaurant in Mammoth Springs where Jane was having a meal with her friends. They immediately locked eyes and both agree it was "love at first sight."

"I wasn't looking for anyone and neither was Jane, but when our eyes met, that was it," said Chuck. After running into each other time and again at this restaurant, Chuck finally got up the nerve to invite her over to sit with him. "I'll never forget it. I invited her to sit with me, but when she came over my legs wouldn't let me get up," he said, describing the moment he knew he had been struck by love.

They immediately developed a connection, which led to a strong relationship over the coming months.

After being injured from a fall, Jane, 73, was admitted to WRMC. Fortunately, she had the unfailing support of Chuck, also 73, everyday while she was in the hospital. Then he gave her a surprise she will never forget—he walked into her hospital room with a county clerk and a marriage license. "I just felt the timing was right," said Chuck.

"We have been talking about marriage for a long time, but this was a nice surprise," said Huddleston. Touched by the couple's devotion, nurses and staff at WRMC pulled together to give them a wedding ceremony. WRMC Chaplin Doc Spurlin was called in the room to officiate. A team of nurses got together and quickly ordered a flower bouquet, then gathered in the room to witness the ceremony.

Sitting on the side of her hospital bed, dressed in her yellow hospital gown and wrapped in a blue blanket, Jane Huddleston clutched her bouquet in one hand, her smiling groom's hand in the other, and right there in her hospital bed, became Mrs. Chuck Danyaw.

"I said I wasn't going to cry, and I really tried hard not to, but I just couldn't help it. I was so happy," she said. And she wasn't the only one in tears.

"They had us all crying," said Lisa Crumley, Orthopaedic Liaison. "I have never witnessed anything like this. I am so proud of our staff who went through great lengths to help fulfill their wishes."

After the small ceremony, the couple was serenaded with a harmonica tune from hospital maintenance employee, Steve Moody. A few of the nurses then brought coconut cake from dietary to serve as the wedding cake.

Although the wedding was far from traditional, Chuck and Jane both agree that if they had it to do all over again they wouldn't change a thing. "The entire experience was just wonderful. It was better than if we would have had it in our home or somewhere else," said Jane. "We just can't say enough how thankful we are for the staff at WRMC and how wonderful they were to us."

The Danyaws have since returned home to Cherokee Village, where, as in fairytales, they plan to live happily ever after. However, they will never forget their experience where they came to WRMC for healing, and came out newlyweds.