Little Cobie Sellors was born ten weeks early and weighed just 3 pounds 9 ounces, and it was a tough time for his parents, Sian Stafford and John Sellors.
Unable to introduce her to family and friends due to COVID-19 limitations, romantic John turns to the help of his two-day-old son and a nurse to surprise Sian.
On August 3rd, a note appeared in Cobie’s incubator along with an engagement ring asking if “Mummy would marry Daddy”.
Sian was so shocked when she saw her son managed to stop using his ventilator that she didn’t pay attention to the note at first – but of course she said yes in the end.
John from Pinkston, Derbyshire, England said “I’m not usually a romantic guy but I really wanted to do something to lift Sian’s spirits and she has been suggesting for a while that she wants to get married.
“The nurses were great and really helped make it a special proposal to remember,” added the 29-year-old new father. “They just told me to take Sian for a coffee and that they would sort it out for when we got back.
“When we got back the message and ring were there and it was such a lovely moment, I can’t thank them enough.”
The 26-year-old said, “I was so shocked, I really didn’t expect it and I was really overwhelmed.
“I was concentrating so much on Cobie that I didn’t even notice the note and the ring at first!
“But then John said, ‘look, I think Cobie wants to know something!’ Then I read the note and it was such a surreal but happy moment.”
The couple, who have a four-year-old daughter, Ruby, have been together for eight years. They will start planning the wedding as soon as Cobie is safely home.
Lincy Lord, nursing assistant in the neonatal unit at King’s Mill Hospital in Mansfield, helped plan the surprise proposal. She said,“It’s not often we get the chance to be involved in a proposal on the unit and this was certainly a first for me, but it was so lovely to see the family all so happy, especially during what has been such a difficult time for everyone.”