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A week before his destination wedding in Belize, 49-year-old Rogers Park resident Arlington Young had a massive heart attack. His heart on the mend, he and his fiancé, Zenia Arzu, celebrated their wedding in Saint Francis Hospital’s surgical heart unit.
On the night of Jan. 23, Mr. Young says he started experiencing severe pains in his chest. When the pains worsened instead of getting better, Ms. Arzu made the decision to drive her fiancé to nearby Saint Francis Hospital, where his EKG showed he was experiencing an acute heart attack.
Interventional cardiologist Carl Moshovitis, M.D., removed the clot that was causing a 100-percent blockage in Mr. Young’s distal left main coronary artery before longstanding damage to the heart tissue could occur.
Just after 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, the couple wedded. Evanston resident Judge David Haracz of the Illinois Cook Judicial Circuit Court presided. The couple’s 18-month-old son, Malachi, was in attendance, as were the groom’s mother and sister from Long Island, N.Y.; Father William Tkachuk, pastor of nearby Saint Nicholas Parish; and various friends and members of the hospital staff.
The hospital provided flowers, a cake, sparkling cider served in champagne flutes and a small gift.
Now the couple is looking forward to beginning their married life together. They say they plan to return to Belize for a church wedding at the bride’s home parish.