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Linda O'Dwyer
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Couple planning “destination wedding” in Belize ties the knot at Saint Francis Hospital instead

Evanston, Illinois - February 15, 2012 – A week before his destination wedding in Belize, 49-year-old Rogers Park resident Arlington Young had a massive heart attack. Now, his heart is on the mend and he and his fiancé Zenia Arzu are celebrating a destination wedding of a different sort – in Saint Francis Hospital's surgical heart unit.

The wedding ceremony occurred just after 6 p.m. on Valentine's Day, February 14. The hospital provided flowers, a cake, sparkling cider served in champagne flutes and a small gift.

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 well as 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.

On the night of January 23, Young says he started experiencing severe pains in his chest. Thinking the pains were digestive in nature, he took some antacids and went to lie down. When the pains worsened instead of getting better, Arzu made the decision to drive her fiancé to nearby Saint Francis Hospital, where his EKG showed Young was experiencing an acute heart attack.

Because Saint Francis Hospital is a certified Chest Pain Center, the cardiac catheterization team was alerted immediately. 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 long-standing damage to the heart tissue could occur.

“The left main coronary artery is like the heart's Interstate 94,” said Sisay Mersha, an advanced practice nurse and manager of cardiology services at Saint Francis Hospital's Galvin Heart Center. “Because they acted fast, the emergency department team and the cath lab team helped save this patient's life,” Mersha said.

Now, the couple is looking forward to beginning their life together as a married couple. They say they plan to return to Belize for a church wedding at the bride's home parish.


About Saint Francis Hospital

Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital with a Level I Trauma Center. Home to the only certified chest pain center on Chicago's north shore, a certified primary stroke center and a breast imaging center of excellence, Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 400-physician medical staff. Saint Francis Hospital is designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing care.

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