Mum and dad marry next to baby daughter’s hospital bed so she can be bridesmaid

A couple married next to their baby’s hospital bed so she could be a bridesmaid.

Karim and Louise Rezaie celebrated their Big Day with their six-month-old daughter Layla who is undergoing treatment.

Layla was born on Christmas Day but has been patient in Bristol Children’s Hospital with a rare genetic condition.

The couple, from Torquay, Devon, tied the knot at the hospital on May 21.

Staff arranged a wedding blessing to be held in the ward which was dressed in celebratory balloons next to a wedding cake and baby Layla.

Karim, 38, said: “We’d always wanted to get married with Layla our daughter there.

“It was obviously a beautiful with the amount of effort they put in.

”We initially imagined having the chaplain come down and just do a wedding by the bedside, but the play team really put the effort in.”

Layla suffers from CHARGE syndrome, a random genetic mutation that has affected her eating, vision, and heart and other complications.

It is a disorder that affects many areas of the body and is an abbreviation for several of the common features.

Those affected usually have several major characteristics or a combination of minor issues.

Karim, a psychological therapist paid tribute to those who had arranged the decorations and music and got in touch with the couple’s relatives.

He said: “The whole day was made very magical.

“A huge tremendous effort was put in by the playmate workers into arranging decorations and music, getting in touch with our relatives, and getting videos recorded for people who could be there.”

A number of people volunteered on the day, from a professional photographer to a hairstylist.

The couple had a beautiful wedding inside the ward, complete with photos, balloons and a cake

Karim were thrilled Layla was there but were also reminded of how poorly she is.

He said: “It was a really special day but obviously it was bittersweet.

“Layla was there, and it was fantastic but we were reminded how poorly she was but it was still great for it to happen.

“The doctors have said it could take weeks or months before we can take her home.”