Couple weds in hospital day before she dies

Bill Carroll and Missi Wright during their wedding at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on July 2, 2014, the day before she died from a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. (YouTube)

It’s one of those tales of tragedy partly redeemed by love.

Last Wednesday, Bill Carroll and Missi Wright married at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was being treated for complications from cystic fibrosis.

On Thursday, “with her husband holding her hand, Missi died at 10:25 p.m.,” according to a detailed and poignant account in the Delaware County Daily Times.

Carroll and Wright began living together in 2003 but never married, in part because the income from his IT job would have reduced her health care benefits.

Wright and her sister, Colleen, were born with the genetic disease, which took Colleen’s life in 2000.  Despite her condition, Missi earned a degree at St. Joe’s in health care administration. Her health continued to deteriorate after a 2012 lung transplant.

Bill proposed on June 30, and a wedding date was set for July 4.

Two days before, doctors advised acting quickly, leading to a hastily arranged ceremony.

A funeral Mass and visitation were scheduled for Friday at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Secane, according to the article.

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