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Dad proposes in the sweetest possible way with help from his two-day old son

John Sellors' son Cobie was being cared for at King's Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire when Mr Sellors came up with a wonderful idea on how to pop the question.

A father decided to propose to his girlfriend in the most adorable way following the birth of his premature son.

John Sellors’ son Cobie was being cared for at King’s Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire when Mr Sellors came up with a wonderful idea on how to pop the question.

John carefully planned the surprise with nurses on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital in Mansfield, who gladly helped put a note in two-day-old Cobie’s incubator alongside the engagement ring John had bought, asking: “Mummy, will you marry Daddy?”

[CREDIT: Sherwood Forest Hospitals]

John’s girlfriend, Sian Stafford, was certainly taken aback by the sweet gesture – and, of course, she said yes.

“I’m not usually the romantic type, but I really wanted to do something to lift Sian’s spirits and she had been dropping hints for a while about wanting to get married,” John explained.

“The nurses were great and really helped make it a special proposal to remember. They just told me to take Sian for a coffee and that they would sort it out for when we got back.

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“When we got back the message and ring were there and I was such a lovely moment, I can’t thank them enough,” he added.

The couple, from Pinxton in Derbyshire, welcomed their son into the world 10 weeks early at the start of August – so it hasn’t exactly been an easy month for them so far.


Cobie was taken to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and weighed 3lb 9oz (1.36kg) at the time of the proposal.

Speaking about the special moment, Sian said: “I was so shocked, I really didn’t expect it and I was really overwhelmed.

“When we got back on to the unit, the nurses told me that Cobie had been taken off his CPAP breathing machine and so I needed to go and look, as I would be able to see his face more.”

Sian continued: “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 been together for eight years and already have a daughter, said they would start wedding planning at a later date.

They said Cobie was still in intensive care but was doing well and they hoped to bring him home in the coming weeks.

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