A PROUD fiance has told how he popped the question to the love of his life as she waited to have a blood transfusion.
Hartlepool woman Martine Moorhead, 21, had just given birth at the University Hospital of Hartlepool to her son Layton when she suffered complications and began bleeding heavily.
She was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees.
But as she waited to receive two litres of blood, her partner Liam Prosser, 23, came up with a surprise proposal.
He said: “I went to her bedside and told her ‘Martine, I love you with all my heart. Will you marry me?
“Her mam started crying and saying ‘oh my god, oh my god.’
“Martine made me the happiest man alive by saying yes.”
But Liam, a security officer based at the Civic Centre in Hartlepool, explained how his proposal did not go exactly to plan.
He was planning to propose at home that night in August last year.
But while they were at a friend’s house, Martine, a full-time mum and qualified hairdresser, went into labour and they rushed to hospital.
Then, Martine was transferred to North Tees after collapsing when she gave birth to Layton.
When Liam did propose, the ring did not fit because Martine’s fingers had swollen.
But it was all worth it in the end for the couple, who also have a daughter Ellie-Mae aged three as well as Layton aged eight months.
Liam said: “Eight months have passed and we moved home just before Christmas. We are trying to bring up our children in the best way and make the house we live in a home for our children. Our dream wedding doesn’t seem likely.”
The couple, from the Oxford Road area of Hartlepool, are the latest entrants in the Hartlepool Mail’s Bride of the Year competition run in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography.
We will be revealing the shortlist of contestants who will move forward to a public vote.
Details of that vote will be revealed in the Mail in the next few days.
The top couples in that vote will then move into the finals where they will face a panel of judges who will decide which one will be chosen as the winner of a dream £10,000 wedding to take place at the Grand Hotel in September.