Cleveland couple says ‘I do’ minutes before giving birth

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PARMA, Ohio-- A woman was overcome with tears of joy as she marked two momentous occasions within minutes.

Monique and Jamaal Chavers said their marriage vows at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center Wednesday night. The Cleveland couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife, then Monique started pushing.

Rev. Wayne Decker with Jamaal, Monique and Zuri Chavers (Photo courtesy: University Hospitals)

Rev. Wayne Decker with Jamaal, Monique and Zuri Chavers (Photo courtesy: University Hospitals)

Nine minutes after the short ceremony, the Chavers welcomed baby Zuri into the world.

“Anything can happen in a hospital, and it’s not always on our schedule,” Rev. Wayne Decker said. “It’s a privilege to serve – and to be here for the beginning of a life."

Rev. Decker was getting ready for bed when he received the call. He drove nearly an hour from Avon to Parma to perform the vows.

Both sets of parents, friends and their 3-year-old son were there to witness the special day.

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