Young couple wed in Vaiola Hospital despite groom’s leg injuries leaving him bedridden

    A young couple married in Vaiola Hospital yesterday despite the groom being hospitalised and confined to bed after surviving a car accident that almost cost his life.

    Hospital staff member Sharon Fiu told Kaniva News they were the first people to be married in the hospital’s chapel.

    She said it was the first time a patient had been married while still hospitalised.

    “May God bless this new family and heal the groom soon,” Fiu wrote on Facebook.

    A person close to the family with whom groom was staying, whom we have chosen not to name for cultural reasons, said the groom was Tavake ʻO Vailahi Losiki and the bride was Lavinia Vaitohi.

    Losiki was from Haʻalaufuli, Vavaʻu, but was staying with his relatives at the Niuvākai residence in Pea.

    She said the groom’s legs were dislocated during the accident and he was bedridden.

    The woman said the wedding was planned for this week with the practice of fakalelea (bridegroom’s family visiting the bride’s house on the night before the wedding) to be held on Wednesday, but the groom had the accident on Tuesday.

    She said Vaitohi was from Australia and she was befriended by the groom when he was employed there as a seasonal worker.

    Photos from the wedding were uploaded to Facebook yesterday and have gone viral.

    Many commentators said the wedding reflected true love between the couple.

    Some said they felt like crying when they looked at the photos and read about the wedding knowing the future of the groom’s injuries were uncertain.

    “What a loving woman,” one commentator wrote.

    Unconfirmed reports said Losiki was driving a van when it was involved in a collision with a bus on Tuesday morning at Pea near the house where he was staying.

    It is understood eight passengers of the bus were injured, including the bus driver.

    The main points

    • A young couple married in Vaiola Hospital yesterday despite the groom being hospitalised and confined to bed after surviving a vehicle accident that almost cost his life.
    • Hospital staff member Sharon Fiu told Kaniva News they were the first people to be married in the hospital’s chapel.
    • The groom has been identified as Tavake ʻO Vailahi Losiki and the bride as Lavinia Vaitohi.
    • She said Vaitohi was from Australia and she was befriended by the groom when he was employed there as a seasonal worker.
    • The couple met in Australia while Losiki was there as a seasonal worker.

    1 COMMENT

    1. Naʻe mali ha ongomeʻa ʻi Fale Mahaki Vaiola ʻaneafi neongo ʻoku lolotonga faitoʻo pea tokoto ʻa e tangata malí hili ia haʻane hao moʻui mei ha ʻekisiteni ne mei mole ai ʻene moʻuí.

      Ne pehē ʻe ha taha ngāue mei he fale mahakí ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ko Sharon Fiu ko e fuofua taimi ʻeni ke fai ai ha mali he fale lotu ʻo e fale mahakí.

      Fakatatau ki ha fakamatala ʻa ha taha ofi ʻi he fāmili ne nofo ai ʻa e tangata malí ne ne pehē ko e hingoa ʻo e tangatá ko Tavake ʻO Vailahi Lōsiki mei Haʻalaufuli, Vavaʻu kae nofo he Niuvākaí ʻi Pea, pea ko e fefiné ko Lavinia Vaitohi mei Kanokupolu kae nofo ʻAositelēlia.

      Ne pehē ʻoku ʻoku homo ʻa e vaʻe ʻo Lōsikí pea ʻoku tupu ai ʻene tokoto ʻo ʻikai lava ke tuʻu.
      Ne ne pehē ko e malí ni ne palani ke fakahoko pe ia he uiké ni kae pangó ne ʻekisiteni ʻa Lōsikí ia ʻi he Tūsité.

      Ne ʻi ai e fokotuʻu atu mei he ongo fāmilí ke toloi ka ne kikihi pe ongo meʻa malí ia ke fakahoko.

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