Kalispell hospital offers wedding ceremony to those in need

Kalispell hospital offers wedding ceremony to those in need


AROUND A LOT OF THEIR LIFE PLANS….INCLUDING THEIR WEDDING DAY. MTN’S JACK GINSBURG SHOWS US HOW ONE HOSPITAL IN THE FLATHEAD VALLEY IS MAKING MARRIAGE A REALITY FOR THEIR PATIENTS WHO HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS. JACK GINSBURGREPORTIN G: “TYPICALLY, WHEN WE THINK OF WEDDINGS WE THINK OF THEM BEING HELD AT CHURCHES OR OTHER VENUES LIKE A GOLF COURSE OR A HOTEL. HOWEVER, HERE AT KALISPELL REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER THE HOSPITAL IS HELPING THOSE WHO WANT TO TIE THE KNOT WHO MAY BE RESTRICTED BY AN ILLNESS.” JACK GINSBURGMTN NEWS: STEVE AND SYDNE FEUZ GOT MARRIED MONDAY AFTER NOON AT KALISPELL REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER. 6 SECOND NAT SOUND THE COUPLE WERE HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS NEARLY 50 YEARS AGO WHEN THEY MET IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BEFORE RECONNECTING HERE IN MONTANA TWO YEARS AGO. THEY PLANNED TO GET MARRIED THIS YEAR BEFORE STEVE EXPERIENCED A PAIN IN HIS BACK FOLLOWED BY TERRIBLE NEWS. STEVE FEUZ: “HE SAYS, YOU NEED TO GO GET AN MRI AND A CAT SCAN. THEN FROM THERE IT WAS, THIS IS WHAT YOU GOT. IT’S NOT GOOD NEWS BUT, UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS WHAT YOU GOT, SO.” JACK GINSBURGMTN NEWS: STEVE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER AND DOCTORS TOLD HIM THERE WAS NOTHING THAT COULD BE DONE TO SAVE HIS LIFE. ALTHOUGH THE FEUZ’S HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS DIFFICULT SITUATION, THEY WEREN’T GOING TO LET IT GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR LIFE PLANS. 2 SECOND NAT SOUND STEVE FEUZ: “WELL WE HAD PLANNED ON GETTING MARRIED THIS YEAR ANYHOW BUT WITH THE ILLNESS DIAGNOSED, WELL THE TIME FRAME, I SAID WELL LET’S JUST MOVE IT UP.” JACK GINSBURGMTN NEWS: ALL OF THIS WAS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE SPIRITUAL CARE DEPARTMENT AT THE HOSPITAL THAT TENDS TO THE SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS NEEDS OF PATIENTS. CHAPLAIN OF THE HOSPITAL AND OFFICIANT OF THE FEUZ WEDDING, DARREN SCHWARTZ SAYS HE FEELS HONORED TO BE ABLE TO HELP THESE PATIENTS IN A CRITICAL TIME IN THEIR LIFE. DARREN SCHWARTZKALISPEL L MEDICAL HEALTH CENTER STAFF CHAPLIN “YOU KNOW I JUST GET TO BE WITH PEOPLE DURING SOME PRETTY SPECIAL MOMENTS IN THEIR LIVES. INCLUDING SOMETIMES THE LAST FEW MOMENTS OF THEIR LIVES, AND I COUNT THAT AS A PRIVILEGE.” JACK GINSBURG/MTN NEWS: SCHWARTZ’S WORK ALONGSIDE THE REST OF THE HOSPITAL STAFF THAT HELPED OUT DOESN’T GO UNNOTICED BY THEIR PATIENTS. THE FEUZ’S WISH THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE BETTER BUT STEVE SAYS HE IS STILL FEELING UPLIFTED AFTER MARRYING THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE. STEVE FEUZ: “EMOTIONALLY THIS IS A BIG LIFT, UNFORTUNATELY THE CIRCUMSTANCES COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER BUT YOU DEAL WITH WHAT YOU ARE DEALT WITH. SO, CERTAINLY A LOT MORE THAN WE EVER EXPECTED TO HAVE HERE. SYDNE FEUZ: “THIS IS REALLY NICE.” JACK GINSBURGMTN NEWS: JACK GINSBURG, MTN NEWS, KALISPELL. THE SPIRITUAL CARE OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BUT THE CHAPLAINS ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY TO PATIENTS NEEDS.

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