NEW YORK — The wedding vow “in sickness and in health” has never been more meaningful until the pandemic.
They were nursing students when Herwyn Silva and Vanessa Baral met 8 years ago, and on the day this couple would be exchanging vows.
They never realized they would it would be on live TV — officiated by “Today Show” host Hoda Kotb at that.
“We’re still very shocked and still very surprised, very thankful that it happened and we’re still able to get married.”
“It’s unbelievable, like Herwyn was saying, it really is like a movie.”
Vanessa is a float nurse at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Northwell Health.
Herwyn is an ER nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital.
For these two Filipino frontline workers, the wedding was also a welcome break from their grueling day to day work — taking care of and saving the lives of COVID-19 patients.
“I think the hardest part was not knowing how these patients will… if they will progress or degress, I remember having a few patients doing so great and the next thing you know they crashed and they have to go to intensive care it just broke my heart.”
Being the only other person in the room with their patients, Herwyn and Vanessa said they try to do everything to make every moment count.
“We would do some small things like singing them happy birthdays, write them a little card, or we even try to facetime through our devices with their family just so they could see them or feel that you’re not doing this alone.”
The newlyweds hope their story of love, in sickness and in health, will inspire others and give them hope – even when the future may look bleak.