Couple marry in hospice so their dying baby can be there

Patricia and Christopher Armstrong say "I do" in the hospice caring for their terminally ill son.
Patricia and Christopher Armstrong say "I do" in the hospice caring for their terminally ill son. Photo: Facebook/Patricia Armstrong

A couple whose terminally ill son had only weeks to live brought their wedding day forward, marrying in a North Carolina hospice so their little boy could be there with them.

Patricia and Christopher Armstrong said "I do" in front of their family last week, with Christopher cradling Conner, their precious one-month-old baby boy, as they exchanged their vows.

"We were told we didn't have much time left with Conner," Mr Armstrong told  WFMY. "So we wanted him to be there."
And according to Ms Armstrong, the whole family watching on made their special day "perfect".
"It's been scary. It's been emotional, but it's well worth it," she said.

Conner with his two big sisters, Graci and Aubree.

Little Conner was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18 (also known as Edwards' syndrome), which causes severe birth defects. According to the Trisomy 18 foundation, only 50 per cent of babies who are carried to term will be born alive. It affects around 1 in 2000 pregnancies in the US.

"Basically [Conner] has an extra eighteenth chromosome. It has more internal effects," Mr Armstrong said.

Tragically, just three days after the ceremony, Connor died.

Mr Armstrong took to Facebook with a heartfelt message to his little boy, writing, "You are loved by so many and will be missed by all. My heart is broken but I know you are in a better place and you are watching over your sisters, your mama and me."

Ms Armstrong also shared a heartbreaking tribute to Conner, whom she called a "fighter".

"He proved so many doctors wrong so many people wrong by making it as long as he did," she wrote. "And he touched so many people's lives, ours the most."

The family farewelled their little boy on 17 March, releasing colourful balloons into the sky.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help cover the costs of Conner's funeral and medical expenses. You can make a donation here.