Bound from the beginning

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) -- One couple has more in common than their impending nuptials. They share a woman they consider "mom;" a mom who delivered both Christine and her future husband, Austin.

Christine's mother was an Angel Among Us; a mother she never met after a troubled pregnancy. Now, the nurse who helped deliver Christine and her husband will be at their wedding.

The couple is celebrating with a ceremony where both of their lives started; the NICU of Carle Hospital. Fast forward 20-years and this little girl is getting married.

"The wedding is outside at Austin's parents' house. It's in the entrance of their woods."

But, this couple's story doesn't start at their first date.

"I looked him up and I started talking to him."

It starts in the same NICU.

"You can be friends with somebody, but to marry somebody who's been in the NICU unit with you, that's amazing."

"You're a lot bigger than the last time I saw you."

They even had the same nurse. But, to Christine, that nurse has played a very large role in her life.

"Well, shes kind of like my mom, but my NICU nurse."

A NICU nurse who's been to tract meets, graduation and now, an engagement.

"One day, she called me and she said, 'I met a boy,' and the way she said it, I knew. I knew there was something I needed to know."

Nurse Christine has been there during the difficult times as well. Christine's mother became sick during her pregnancy and died shortly after arriving at the hospital. But, her body was kept preserved until she could have Christine.

"Even though she wasn't alive, I could feel her there."

Now, the same nurse who was there to witness the births of both Christine and Austin will be there to watch them say, "Till death do us part."

"Two babies that I took care of found each other in this crazy world. The two found each other."

Christine is currently a student at Parkland College where she's studying early education. She wants to eventually become a NICU nurse. 


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