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Man critically injured in crash marries fiancee at MetroHealth hospital

Posted at 2:38 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 15:11:12-05

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Ohio — A man who was critically injured in a crash on Nov. 1 married his longtime fiancée Friday at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Scott Vanness, 32, was crushed by two semis on the Ohio Turnpike and was life-flighted to MetroHealth in critical condition, according to a news release from the hospital.

When his fiancée Sarah Barclay, 29, who lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, got the call about the accident, she and her future mother-in-law drove to Cleveland.

Barclay was told after the surgery for the multiple injuries that Vanness received in the crash that he "might not make it," the release states. Thankfully, he did pull through.

When Vanness woke from surgery, the first thing he said to Barclay was "Marry me." She said yes.

While they have planned their wedding before, there were always complications, including one time when the venue they booked changed ownership and their plans fell through.

The staff on the seventh-floor Trauma Unit scrambled to help Vanness and Barclay put together the ceremony at the unit's lounge. A MetroHealth chaplain performed the ceremony.

With the groom in a wheelchair, and both of them sporting blue MetroHealth shirts, they tied the knot in a festive ceremony at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Both Vanness and Barclay said it was just the right time to get married. The two have been friends since they were kids, and have two young children themselves.

The wedding was attended by members of the Trauma Resource Center, including some trauma survivors.