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'It's forever for us': Couple marries at hospital after learning groom isn't eligible for heart transplant

Hospital staff organized the event, while nurses lined up chairs to make an aisle and decorated for the occasion the couple says they'll cherish forever.

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When Jeff Benesch realized he likely didn't have much life left to live, he decided to make the most of it.

Benesch has been in and out of a North Carolina hospital for the last few months with congestive heart failure.

After he recently learned that he's not eligible for a heart transplant, Benesch chose to tie the knot with his soulmate.

"They told us it could be days, it could be weeks, it could be months," Sarah Myler, Benesch's girlfriend of nine years, told WRAL. "It could be any time. They don't know."

Myler and Benesch got married outside of Duke Hospital, thanks to hospital staff and family members. A hospital minister performed the ceremony, while nurses organized the event.

"It was important for us to have the moment together," Myler said. "I wanted that as a memory. And he wanted that as a memory."

Myler said nurses lined up chairs to make an aisle and decorated for the occasion the couple says they'll cherish forever.

"It's what you do for the person you love," Myler said. "You're there for them. It's till death to us part. But it's beyond that. It's forever for us. Forever — however long we have. It's forever for us."

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