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A Heart Attack Didn't Stop This Groom On His Wedding Day

Bob Adams started having a heart attack just 15 minutes before he was about to get married. But the wedding went on in the ER.
Posted at 12:07 PM, Apr 30, 2014

A Pittsburgh couple's wedding day turned incredibly scary when the groom, all dressed in his suit and ready to go, started feeling breathless. He thought it was nerves, until he realized he was having a heart attack. But they didn't let it stop them. 

"He said that he was getting married one way or another, no matter what." (Via KDKA)

Sixty-eight-year-old Bob Adams was just a few minutes from getting married when he realized he was having a heart attack. He took a nitro pill and an ambulance was called — they insisted he head to the ER. And he insisted the ceremony continue there.

 "Preacher come in, and thing I said to him was, 'Hey, we're not doing last rites, we're doing a marriage."

"Bob, repeat after me, I take you, Mary."

"I take you Mary..." (Via KDKA)

Bob's now-wife Mary Pizzuto was, as EMTs described her, a "nervous wreck." She's actually had five heart attacks herself.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the pair met more than 30 years ago and recently reconnected through Facebook. Pizzuto helped Adams after his second wife's death from cancer. 

And she says where they got married doesn't matter — hospital or otherwise — because marriage is for better or for worse.

Now their story is making national headlines, and a writer for Jezebel agrees with Pizzutto: "Hey, as long as you are married at the end of the day, the wedding is technically a success."

Plus, the hospital staff pitched in on decorations — they strung specimen cups together. Adams is recovering after an angioplasty and should be released soon.