Friday, December 20, was Abby Wrysch’s wedding day. She was supposed to wake up, put on her wedding dress and marry the love of her life, Charles Langford II. Instead, Abby woke up in a hospital bed on the ICU unit at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.
Abby started having trouble breathing that previous Wednesday night and experienced sharp pains in her side. Charles drove her to an urgent care and she was quickly referred to Beaumont’s emergency center.
And that’s where she found herself on her wedding day.
Abby and Charles had been planning their wedding for more than a year. They invited 300 of their friends and family to join them as they exchanged vows. Now, just two days away, their thoughts were instead focused on Abby’s health.
Abby received a CT scan and was diagnosed with blood clots. She underwent treatment immediately.
“I was devastated,” said Abby. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Knowing there was a good chance she would still be in the hospital, Abby and Charles called their parents and word spread quickly – the wedding was postponed.
Anybody who has planned or attended a wedding knows how much work goes into each detail. In Abby and Charles’ case, catering would have to be canceled, the Grand Ballroom at the Colony Club in Detroit would be empty and the band would have to find another gig. The flowers, which were already paid for and ready to go, would go unseen.
“The flowers arrived this morning and we both just didn’t want them to go to waste,” said Abby.
After speaking with Charles, the should-have-been-newlyweds decided to donate nearly $4,000 of floral arrangements to the hospital. Both agreed that the flowers would be best served cheering up patients and families of the hospital going through the same stress and anxiety they had endured.
“We decided that we might as well put them to good use. We couldn’t put them in her room and we’ve had such great service here. We figured we’d return the favor and brighten up some of the other patients days,” added Charles.
Charles delivered the flowers to the hospital Friday afternoon and Diana Davidow, a Beaumont guest service representative, helped arrange and deliver them throughout the hospital. Diana doesn’t have any floral arrangement experience, but after hearing the couple’s story, she jumped at the opportunity to help.
The flowers were delivered to waiting rooms, maternity areas and additional departments throughout the hospital.
Abby was discharged in time to celebrate the holidays and spend Christmas with Charles and their 17-month-old son, CJ.
And has the couple set a new date for their wedding?
“Fortunately, all of our vendors and the venue were understanding and accommodating, and are willing to reschedule when she is recovered,” said Charles. “We worked so hard planning this day. We are very fortunate to have extremely supportive families who have been helping us out both before and after Abby fell ill. I’m just happy Abby is healthy and is going recover. Our new date will definitely hold more significance.”
We wish the best of luck to Abby and Charles and share our sincere thanks for their donation to the hospital, which brightened the rooms and moods of everybody involved.