Eastbourne couple’s postponed wedding back on track

Cameron in hospital with his family. SUS-160926-143526001
Cameron in hospital with his family. SUS-160926-143526001

An Eastbourne couple who missed their wedding due to their son’s illness are back on track to get married this weekend.

Lewis Cole, 30, and Sammy O’Brien, 29, of Hampden Park, were set to wed in April when their eight-year-old son Cameron fell sick with a rare infection which caused swelling around his brain.

But now he is on the mend and the wedding has been reorganised for Saturday, October 1.

“It was really tough,” said mother Sammy, “All that mattered was him getting better.”

Just four days before the wedding was due to take place, Cameron had two seizures in a park and was rushed to hospital.

He was placed in intensive care at Eastbourne District General Hospital but quickly moved to emergency care at Evelina’s Children’s Hospital in London.

While there, the family featured on a BBC programme that was filming at the time, called ‘Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS’ presented by Lucy Alexander.

Now nine, Cameron is back at Ocklynge Junior School but is still on medication and remains under observation. He is excited to be a page boy at his mum and dad’s wedding.

Luckily the couple were able to reorganise their big day with no extra costs, although some family members are no longer able to make it.

Lewis’ aunt had flown over from Australia for the original date to surprise the couple on their special day. Sadly she is unable to make it the second time around.

“It feels weird as I have done all this bit before, but once I get past the four-day mark I’ll be fine,” said Sammy, who owns Hampers Boutique in Aspen Road.

“Our family were so helpful, everyone was really good about it. We want everyone to know how much we appreciate their help.”

The couple would like to thank all of the local businesses that were understanding with the situation, including the Powder Mills Hotel, Battle, The Beach Deck, Sovereign Cakes, Mansers Flowers, Monique Gillman make-up, East Sussex DJs and Sarah Carmody Photography.