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Couple Exchange Vows in Hospital

KENWOOD, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- Jewish Hospital in Kenwood is not the place that most people would choose to get married.

But for Kathy Mcmillan and Gary Klump there weren't a lot of alternatives.

That's because Gary has an incurable lung problem and is under 24 hour care at the hospital.

It has been said that love conquers all, Kathy Mcmillan and Gary Klump hope that's true.

On December 31st Gary had a bone marrow transplant in an effort to battle a rare form of blood cancer.

August 30th he was again admitted to the hospital with Diffuse Alveolar disease and Interstitial lung fibrosis.  Scar tissue and inflammation in his lungs blocking the flow of oxygen.

Friday though, in the midst of all the tubes, Gary was all smiles getting married to the love of his life, Kathy.

He told Rich Jaffe, "She has been everything in this world to me.  Between her and my family.  Kathy is everything.  More than I would ever need, ever want in this world."

Kathy says Gary's the kindest man she's ever met .she calls him her "rock" and  both of them say these circumstances getting married is really important.

Kathy explained, "We have been together for 6 years, engaged for three and when you're faced with an illness like this we didn't want to wait anymore. Just wanted to celebrate the love that we share."

The ceremony was short and oh so sweet with Gary's doctor Jim Essell looking on the bride and groom tied their knot in a hospital room completely filled with joy.

Mr and Mrs Klump say while they're hoping for a miracle they also know they just found one.

Doctors say if they can get Gary's lungs to heal and increase his oxygen intake he may be able to eventually go home.

Kathy has been on leave from her job to help support Gary while he's in the hospital.

Family members have set up a fund to help defray the cost of their medical bills:



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