A motorcyclist who narrowly escaped with his life after a head-on crash has got married in the hospital that saved him.
Just under one month since the horrific accident in which he lost his left leg and almost lost his left arm, Patrick Morris, 35, from Hampton, Virginia, married fiance Annie Wilhite, 27, yesterday on St Patrick’s Day.
The couple, who fell in love after meeting nearly four years ago, tied the knot in VCU Medical Center hospital in Richmond, Virginia, in the hospital chapel.
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Married couple: Patrick Morris, 35, from Hampton, Virginia, pictured right with Annie Wilhite, 27, pictured left at their wedding yesterday at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, the hospital that saved his life
Wedding band: Patrick, pictured left putting a ring on Annie, right, during the ceremony at the hospital chapel, nearly died in a head-on crash with a car while driving his motorcycle
Love: The couple, pictured above, have been together for nearly four years
Patrick, a materials worker on Newport News shipyard, has been confined to the hospital ever since the crash on February 20 in which he was rushed to hospital by helicopter after also shattering his pelvis, shoulder, ribs and sternum.
He was driving westbound on his motorbike, a Harley-Davidson Low Rider, when he was hit almost head-on by an oncoming car that swerved into his lane.
Yesterday Annie arrived at the hospital in a wedding dress and a floral headdress.
Describing the moment she got the call to say that Patrick was in a crash.
She drove an hour-and-a-half to get to the hospital and arrived just in time before Patrick went into surgery.
She said Patrick told her before he went in for his operation that he ‘couldn’t wait’ to marry her.
‘I was the lucky one who got there in time to see him right before his first surgery.
Bad news: On the day of the crash, February 20, Annie, pictured left on her wedding day with Patrick, right, got a call to tell her that Patrick was in a crash
LIfe-changing: Patrick, pictured entering the chapel in a wheelchair on his wedding day, had to be airlifted by helicopter to the hospital and had his left leg amputated at the scene
‘He was awake and alert, talking to me. He was comforting me instead of the other way around, telling me it would be OK, it’s just a temporary setback and he couldn’t wait to marry me and how much he loved me.
‘I got to see him for about 90 seconds in the elevator, gave him a kiss and then he went to surgery for 12 hours,’ she told CBS6 News.
Patrick added: ‘I don’t remember anything, but I imagine it was pretty important [to see Annie before surgery].’
According to the Virgina State Police report, Sakiese Wade of Williamsburg was not injured and was charged with reckless driving, proof of insurance required at a crash, no registration card in his possession and no seatbelt.
It states that Patrick had a ‘traumatic amputation of his leg at the scene, as well as other extensive injuries’.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to Patrick to help with medical costs has already raised nearly $9,000.
Conscious: Annie, pictured above with patrick during the wedding ceremony, got to hospital just in time to see Patrick before he went into theater for 12 hours
Harley Davidson: Patrick was riding his old bike, pictured above, when he was hit almost head-on by an oncoming car that swerved into his lane