Three months ago Brian and Sam Makwana did not even think they could afford a wedding - let alone that their poorly son would be there.
But on September 20 the Castle Bytham couple were joined by little Wyatt and more than 150 family and friends as they said their vows at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Langham.
Wyatt suffers from congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH, and has spent almost his whole life in hospitals since being born in April. Staff at Queen’s Medical Centre were determined to make sure the brave youngster could be at his parents’ wedding and made a huge effort to make it happen.
“The hospital have been planning it for two-and-a-half months. It took a lot of work and a lot of help,” said Brian.
“We had a fantastic day and we got the attention but there was a massive focus on him.”
Wyatt was born with just five per cent of his diaphragm intact. He had to have a large artificial patch stitched to it and has had to undergo special treatment to bypass his heart and lungs and allow the organs time to recover.
Doctors also gave Wyatt a tracheostomy, which helps him breathe.
He has been hooked up to various machines for months, but with the help of hospital staff was able to enjoy almost a full day out at the wedding for the first time.
The next step for the family is to finally bring Wyatt home, and they have set a date of October 20. He will need to be eased in to his new environment and will still require regular treatment, but coming home is of huge signfiicance for Wyatt and his parents.
“It’s a massive step,” said Brian. “We are unsure when our care package is coming into the home, so between us we will have to stay up all night because Wyatt needs monitoring.
“But he will have been in hospital for six months and two days by that point.”
There is also good news concerning Wyatt’s progress. Doctors were worried that one of his vocal cords had been damaged and the other was struggling. But they now believe one is over-compensating for the other. And Wyatt may now only need his tracheostomy fitted for two years, rather than the projected 14.
Wyatt’s parents have been raising money for the CDH UK charity. On October 18 the Railway Children’s Day Nursery in Creeton will hold a coffee morning from 10am to help boost the funds.