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Couple Weds In Hospital After Car Accident

April 25, 1988

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) _ A young couple injured in an auto accident while taking their wedding invitations to the post office traded vows on schedule in a hospital room, the bride in a surgical gown trimmed in lace.

Kim Monzingo, 21, and Mark Woodell, 30, had to abandon plans for an elaborate church wedding because of the accident April 2, which left the bride-to-be with her legs in traction and one arm in a cast. Woodell received stitches above his eye and on his chin.

The two were wed Saturday.

″That’s the date we had set since November. We just decided to go ahead and have it since I was in the hospital,″ the new Mrs. Woodell by telephone said from her room in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital after the ceremony Saturday.

″I didn’t get to wear my dress. We just hung it in the room so I could look at it,″ she added.

Her parents, Noel and Gloria Monzingo of Jasper, hung a ″Just Married″ sign and white streamers on the door, and Mrs. Monzingo sewed lace and tiny beads on her daughter’s hospital gown.

The couple’s planned Cayman Islands honeymoon will have to wait until Mrs. Woodell recovers. She expects to spend three more weeks in the hospital and must undergo therapy to walk again.

Woodell built wheelchair ramps at their future home in Jasper and rides a motorcycle to visit his wife each day.

″If I wanted to know before the ceremony what kind of man I was marrying,″ Mrs. Woodell said, ″well, that’s one thing for sure that I know now.″

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