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Jerry Biggart

Inpatient Rehab Helps Jerry be a Part of His Daughter's Big Day

When Jerry was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident only a few weeks before his daughter's wedding, plans were put on hold. He told the engaged couple from his hospital bed in Inpatient Rehabilitation that although he couldn’t walk her down the aisle, they should go ahead and marry. They celebrated the family milestone at the Henry Bunn Chapel at Memorial.

If he can’t be there next to me, like he’s supposed to be, I’m not doing it. Getting married at the hospital seemed like the ideal option.

In many ways, Memorial Medical Center was a fitting venue for Emily Kren’s wedding. It was there, 38 years ago, that her parents Jerry and Cindy Biggart first met, while both were employed in the hospital kitchen. Cindy, who still works in Food and Nutrition Services, recently marked her 40th year at Memorial. And Emily, a radiologic technologist assistant in Medical Imaging, joined the Memorial team three years ago.

Most importantly, by marrying in the Memorial Henry Bunn Chapel, Emily made sure her father would be a part of her wedding.

Emily and her fiancé, Scott Kren, planned to marry in September 2017. But when her dad was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident only a few weeks before the wedding, those plans were put on hold.

In early October, Jerry Biggart had a conversation with the couple from his hospital bed in the 3B Inpatient Rehabilitation unit at Memorial. Although his injuries meant he couldn’t walk his daughter down the aisle, he insisted the couple go ahead and marry.

“He had a long talk with me and my now-husband,” Emily said. “He said, ‘I don’t want you to put your lives on hold anymore.’”

Emily and Scott decided to honor her dad’s wishes by moving forward with their wedding plans, but in a way that ensured he could attend the wedding.

“If he can’t be there next to me, like he’s supposed to be, I’m not doing it,” Emily recalls thinking. Getting married at the hospital seemed like the ideal option.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, about 30 people gathered in the chapel to watch the pair say their vows. Jerry’s nurses and the rehab staff on 3B helped him dress and prepare for the wedding and ensured his comfort during the ceremony, which he watched from a wheelchair in the front row.

Jerry said he’s proud of Emily and the couple’s other daughter, Sarah. Emily “was just a beautiful bride,” he said. “I was so honored to be there.”

Meanwhile, Jerry’s condition continues to improve. With the help of rehabilitation, he’s making steady progress as feeling gradually returns to his arms and legs. Cindy sits at his bedside after her workday ends in the afternoon, and Emily, who works nights, can often be found there as well. She’s hopeful someday soon she can hold a belated wedding reception—one where she can dance with her dad.

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