University of Alabama at Birmingham

Couple Marries in Hospital After Daughter Born Prematurely

April 19, 2018 - 2:14 pm

By Kayla Jardine

Rubia Ferreira and her husband Tyler Campbell never expected to get married at the University of Alabama at Birmingham right after their daughter was born, but for them, it was absolutely perfect. 

Tyler met his wife while he was stationed in Japan as a combat engineer with the Marines. After finding out they were expecting a baby girl, the lovebirds moved to his hometown of Alabama. It was there that Rubia was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, which, according to the hospital, can "affect pregnant women, including the breakdown of red blood cells and elevated liver enzymes."


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Because the syndrome was putting both Rubia and her baby at risk, they had to have an emergency surgery. Their beautiful baby Kaelin was born at just 24.4 weeks old. Due to her condition, the pair decided to move up their wedding immediately to make sure their daughter would be there. 

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Once the hospital heard their idea, the staff immediately got to work to plan the wedding.

"From UAB Arts in Medicine providing décor and a sewn bouquet for the bride, to UAB Catering serving refreshments and the wedding cake, disciplines across campus were in communication to ensure no details were left out."


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In just 2 weeks, the hospital staff pulled together a beautiful ceremony complete with a dress, decorations and an outfit for little Kaelin. 

The infant is expected to be discharged this summer and the family plans to make a trip to Japan.