• By Laurel Kelly

In the Loop: Hospital wedding a gift to dying mom

September 24, 2019
In the Loop interviewee Roma Liani and her mom, Martha, on Roma's wedding day

Roma Liani hadn't planned on getting married in the hospital. But then she learned that her beloved mother, Martha, was unlikely to ever leave it.


As Roma Liani walked the hospital halls in her wedding dress, an unexpected chorus rose up around her. "Everywhere I went, people came up and said, 'You're the one getting married today,'" Roma says. "Doctors, nurses, staff I'd never even met. It was so comforting. Mayo was such a community that day. It felt like everyone was on our side."

Roma hadn't planned on getting married in the hospital. But then she learned that her beloved mother, Martha, was unlikely to ever leave it. Four years earlier, Martha had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now, doctors told the family things had taken a turn for the worse and Martha's time was limited. That's when Roma reached out to Kristina Butler, M.D., her mother's oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

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This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.

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