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These New Parents Married Each Other At A Hospice So Their Dying Son Could Be There

Christopher and Patricia Armstrong's son, Conner, was born with a health condition that meant he had very little time left to live.

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Patricia and Christopher Armstrong, from North Carolina, exchanged vows earlier this week in a hospice where their son, one-month-old Conner, was being cared for.

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Conner was born with Edward's syndrome, a genetic condition caused by the additional copy of chromosome 18 in some or all of a newborn's cells. The condition is severe and usually fatal.

Not wanting their son to miss the event, Christopher and Patricia were married at a hospice in Lexington, NC. “We were told we didn’t have much time left with Conner,” Christopher told CBS News. “So we wanted him to be [at the wedding].”

Sadly, Conner passed away this week.

"[I] never thought we'd be in this position," Patricia told BuzzFeed News. "But we're trying to deal with it."


"Our baby boy was a fighter," wrote Patricia on Facebook. "He proved so many doctors wrong so many people wrong by making it as long as he did."

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Christopher also wrote on his Facebook about the love he and his family have for Conner.

"We cherish every minute we got to spend with you and everyone who was blessed to meet you are so grateful," he wrote.

"You are so loved by so many and will be missed by all... We love you and you will never be forgotten... Until we meet again."

A GoFundMe page has been created to raise funds for Conner's funeral.

"I never expected this to happen so I don't know what my plans are... Just to take things one day at a time," said Patricia, who also said her family and friends had been very helpful at this time.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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