Health Team

With wife in hospital, couple ties the knot at Duke

Posted September 13, 2016 6:59 p.m. EDT

— When a couple sets a wedding date, many things can happen to change plans. But for one woman, it was complications of kidney failure that delayed her big day.

Jerremie Duncan first met his bride, Heidi Fisk, in kindergarten in Danville, Virginia. She became his girlfriend six years ago.

A wedding next to Duke Medical Pavilion was not their first choice, but after their wedding was postponed four times, the ceremony took place Tuesday.

"A lot has happened to me, being sick and always ending up in the hospital," Heidi Duncan said.

She spent most of the last year at Duke Hospital with kidney failure due to a condition known as IgA nephropathy. She is now hoping to get on a kidney transplant list.

Two weeks ago, the couple decided, with their first date anniversary this month, they wanted to tie the knot at the hospital.

That's when unit 4300 nursing staff went into wedding planning mode.

"(They) have just been awesome," said Heidi Duncan said. “Love means sticking together no matter what obstacle comes your way. Whether it's being sick or not being sick."