The bride’s voice returns for her to say “yes” at a hospital wedding after brain surgery

Michelle and Darren Norbury were married at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, and the bride was able to say “Yes, I do” after her voice returned just in time after brain surgery

Michelle and Darren Norbury got married at Pinderfields Hospital
Michelle and Darren Norbury got married at Pinderfields Hospital

A woman who lost her voice after brain surgery and had to travel a long road to recovery saw her return in time to say “yes, I do” when she got married.

Darren and Michelle Norbury are now officially husband and wife after tying the knot at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield last Thursday.

Michelle wore an extravagant wedding dress and Darren wore a smart patterned suit and pink tie against the backdrop of a decorated infirmary.

They were surrounded by pink and white balloons, bright flowers, cards and a large wedding cake, she reported LeedsLive.

The couple’s magical day comes after a difficult time for Michelle, who wasn’t sure if she could say the words “yes, I do” on her big day.

The ward at Pinderfields Hospital was transformed into the perfect setting for the wedding



Michelle had a meningioma excision in 2021 – a brain surgery that involved making an incision in the scalp and removing a piece of bone from the skull.

The surgery resulted in her needing a tracheostomy ventilation in her throat and subsequently left her without a voice.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said Michelle must remain in their care until she is well enough to return home.

A Trust spokesman said: “Michelle was understandably nervous when she first moved to our Trust (from Leeds in April), meeting a new team of carers can be daunting. But she quickly became part of the family.”

The Trust added that Michelle had undergone a recovery plan and regained her voice just in time when partner Darren proposed to her last month.

But with Michelle staying in the hospital, the staff transformed her ward into a dream wedding venue.

A hospital spokesman added: “As soon as everyone at Gate 27 heard the news, the wedding bells rang and the team went into full wedding planning mode, helping Michelle choose a beautiful dress, arranging bunting, flowers and cake.

“They threw a surprise bachelorette party for Michelle on Wednesday and there was not a dry eye in the room during the ceremony today. It’s moments like these that make our job very special.”

The ceremony reportedly left hospital staff in “high spirits” and the couple were photographed smiling together as husband and wife. Many people congratulated the couple on social media.

One person said: “Congratulations Mr and Mrs Norbury, so kind. Enjoy your special day. xxxx.”

Another wrote: “Congratulations to you both and I wish you a speedy recovery. xx.”

Similarly, another person said, “Congratulations to you both… and well done Pinderfields on being a big part and hosting the wedding.”

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