2 ER doctors get married in front of old Cook County Hospital during coronavirus pandemic

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CHICAGO — Two emergency medicine doctors who live in Chicago got married over the weekend in front of the old Cook County Hospital.

Dr. Eric Leser is currently an ER physician at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.

Dr. Victoria Gonzalez is set to graduate from the Cook County program next year.

“I was a student, walked in to an overnight shift in January and Eric was the senior resident taking sign-out. We had about two shifts together and then after our second shift he asked me out,” said Gonzalez.

That was back in 2016.

Eric proposed in the Cayman Islands and they set the date: October, 2020.

But in the middle of planning that, they found themselves on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

“I think it’s pretty surreal, just because you’re seeing all ages affected,” said Gonzalez on treating COVID-19 patients.

Amid the uncertainty, they decided to move the date wedding date up.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Eric. “We’re taking all the safety precautions we can, but I didn’t want to waste any more time. She didn’t want to waste any more time. We love each other and we knew this was right and just wanted to make sure this got done.”

The newlyweds tied the knot Sunday with Cook County ER Program Director Dr. Michael Schindlbeck performing the ceremony. 

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