View Full Version : Sad story: Bride dies during marriage's first dance

02-11-2008, 04:12 PM

DAVIE, Fla. - Kim Sjostrom wanted a real-life version of the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which played in the background as friends fixed her hair and makeup before her own marriage ceremony.

But less than an hour after she and Teddy Efkarpides were wed, Sjostrom crumpled in her husband's arms during a Greek song that means "Love Me."

At 36, Sjostrom was dead from heart disease.

The wedding had became a project at Davie Elementary School, where Sjostrom taught first grade. Fellow teachers provided the wedding gown, the flowers and decorations. One of them, an ordained minister, performed the ceremony.

"It was perfect for her," said Dominic Church, the minister friend.

Sjostrom carried blue and white flowers during the ceremony the colors of the Greek flag as she exchanged vows with Efkarpides, a 43-year-old carpenter and Navy veteran. They had met three years to the day before the Jan. 19 wedding.

During the couple's first dance, Sjostrom complained of being lightheaded. Efkarpides thought his wife, a diabetic, needed sugar, but she collapsed.

Wedding guests, paramedics and doctors at a nearby hospital were unable to revive her.

She had a previous cardiac episode in her 20s and was a poster child literally for juvenile diabetes, relatives and friends said. Efkarpides recalled seeing the poster featuring her on New York subways.

He consoles himself by reading a list of "101 Reasons Why I Love You" that Sjostrom gave him their first Christmas together. "Number 1. You make me smile."

No. 98 is especially difficult: "You're the one I want to grow old with."

02-11-2008, 04:39 PM
Well.......Til death do us part.


02-11-2008, 05:06 PM
Good Lord, that is awful :(

02-12-2008, 09:41 AM
I don't mean to come off as insensitive, but I hate it when people call it 'juvenile' diabetes. I'm a diabetic and prefer to be called a 'type 1' diabetic.

02-12-2008, 01:40 PM
That is really sad....It definately just dampened my day...

02-12-2008, 08:33 PM
I don't mean to come off as insensitive, but I hate it when people call it 'juvenile' diabetes. I'm a diabetic and prefer to be called a 'type 1' diabetic.

Just the old-fashioned way. That was the regular term for it back in the day. Another one is how some people (usually older people) when talking about a diabetic will say "he/she has sugar". Nope, don't have sugar... just can't break sugar down in the bloodstream w/out injecting some insulin b/c the pancreas fails to secrete it.

02-12-2008, 08:59 PM
this story makes me physically nauseous.I'd like to believe things like this don't happen. but the artistic side say, this is incredibly wonderful tragedy, in the vain of "Like Water for Chocolate."

02-13-2008, 07:58 PM
This was in the local paper Sunday. Not far from here.