News

Marriage made in Emergency

Erin Singleton and Ferando Caceda Manrique
Erin Singleton and Ferando Caceda Manrique

AN UNLUCKY break has landed a local couple in the history books at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

On Saturday the hospital hosted only the second wedding since it opened more than a decade ago, and despite a rollercoaster lead-up to the ceremony, the nuptials went off without a hitch.

The wedding plans of Erin Singleton and Ferando Caceda Manrique were thrown into chaos on Thursday when a skateboarding accident left the groom with compound fractures of his fibia and tibia.

After lengthy surgery on Friday, the wedding, planned for the Bonville Anglican Church, was alternatively off and on, and then off again.

On Saturday morning doctors ruled the groom couldn't leave the hospital, and with guests arriving from Peru, New Zealand, Perth, Brisbane, Leeton and western Queensland, the hospital courtyard was the only option.

"I can't thank the staff at the hospital enough for doing all they did to make the wedding happen," the now Mrs Caceda said.

"Also a big thank-you to Rev Sally Miller and my bridesmaids and especially my cousin Alina, who did an amazing job getting the wedding back on track."

The ceremony was witnessed by nursing ward staff and other patients and after Fernando was returned to the surgical ward the official guests moved on to Sawtell for a groom-less reception.

"It wasn't my ideal wedding, but thanks to the support of so many it proved more memorable than we could have ever imagined," Mrs Caceda said.

Topics:  coffs harbour health campus



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Coffs PCYC to add a hub for youth

BOOST: The Coffs Harbour PCYC has been granted $9120 for a Youth Hub.

PCYC awarded $9120 by the Federal Government for a youth hub

Please no patting: I have a job to do

RESPECT MY UNIFORM: Local guide dog handler Sally Jary and her dog Kent are joining fire fighters in reminding the public not to pat guide dogs in uniform.

Distracting a working guide dog could have disastrous consequences

New job has Dan on a fairway to heaven

Daniel McKechnie has found full-time work at the Sawtell Golf Club thanks to the Work for the Dole program.

Work for the Dole program participant gains apprenticeship

Latest deals and offers


Rally Australia Chair Ben Rainsford

Kennards Hire Rally Australia will bring spectacular world rally action back to the NSW Coffs Coast on November 17-20.

Rally Australia Chairman Ben Rainsford comments on Coffs Harbour City Council...

AFL North Coast preview

BACK IN THE FOLD: Grafton’s Josh Lollback returns to the line-up for today’s knockout semi final clash against Port Macquarie. Photo: Debrah Novak/Daily Examiner

Paul Taylor and Allanah Hanson take a look at the AFL North Coast news ahead of...

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Renting harder in Coffs than Sydney

HIGH DEMAND: Coffs Harbour rental properties are in higher demand than in Sydney.

Coffs Harbour’s rental vacancy rate at lowest level in eight years

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.