THE sixty-six year-old woman, who collapsed during her wedding at the weekend, is on life support at the Ndola Central Hospital (NCH) Intensive Care Unit.
Theresa Bwalya Kabaso is receiving treatment for high blood pressure.
She was scheduled to get married to Eli Kayula, 76, a former Times of Zambia foreman. The two have been in a relationship for more than 40 years.
Ms Kabaso fell ill as the duo was exchanging wedding vows at Pamodzi Catholic Church in Ndola on Saturday and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Mr Kayula was left standing alone to finish the church ceremony, while the bride was being evacuated to NCH for treatment.
Mr Kayula said in an interview yesterday that his bride, who has a history of high blood pressure, was in a critical but stable condition.
“She has not gained consciousness from Saturday and she is just breathing with the aid of an oxygen support machine. The medical personnel are, however, optimistic that she will pull through and begin to talk soon as she still has the sense of hearing,” he said.
Mr Kayula said the last two days had been unbearable for him after a weekend that started on a brighter note promising a lot of joy.
“I didn’t anticipate such an outcome because she was fine on Friday and Saturday until we got to the church where she complained of having a black-out before falling ill,” he said.