SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - Just 12 days after undergoing a heart transplant, a 46-year-old man and his fiancee exchanged vows Sunday at Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Manuel Francisco was diagnosed in August with a condition in which a virus attacks the cardiac muscle and, when his condition worsened, he was admitted to the hospital in late January, according to Sharp Healthcare.
He was placed on a transplant list Feb. 8.
Hospital officials said Francisco and fiancee Diane Sobreo planned to get married in the hospital, but a donor heart became available and he underwent surgery Feb. 26.
Although he is still recovering, Francisco and Sobreo decided to follow through with their plans and tie the knot at the hospital Sunday, with their caregivers in attendance.
The groom wore a surgical mask during the ceremony because of the recent surgery.
The newlywed couple met in the Philippines in grade school and did not start dating until after they moved to the U.S. as adults and friended each other on Facebook.
"We've known each other since we were in second grade and then reconnected," said Sobreo.
The couple says they wanted to get married in the hospital because they are so grateful for Sharp Memorial saving Manuel's life -- a life that will be a long and healthy one with his two new hearts -- the one in his chest and the one by his side.