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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Paralyzed Bride Ready To Start a Family 4 Years After Tragic Accident

 Just a month before her wedding in 2010, Rachelle Friedman Chapman was celebrating at her bachelorette party when one of her best friends jokingly pushed her into the pool. Her head hit the bottom, breaking her neck and paralyzing her from the chest down. 4 years after that tragic accident, she and her husband Chris Chapman, want to start a family. And one of her friends has offered to be a surrogate mother for them.

Rachelle who lives with her middle-school science teacher husband in Knightdale, N.C., postponed her wedding for a year after the accident, but is now happily married dealing courageously with the challenges of rehabilitation and marital intimacy. She has also written a book about her ordeal: "The Promise: a Tragic Accident, a Paralyzed Bride and the Power of Love, Loyalty and Friendship."

"We had been together so long and it was nice to finally know that could not be taken away from me. I always wanted family and it was the first thing I asked the EMT after I was hurt at the side of the pool, 'Can I physically have kids?'" But because she takes powerful medication for her low blood pressure, she can conceive, but not safely carry a child, so the couple began a search for a surrogate. "I had a friend from college I hadn't seen in 4 years who stepped forward,"  she said. Fertility doctors have already grown embryos from the couple's own eggs and sperm to begin implantation. They are currently undergoing genetic testing of the embryos.

One of the most powerful messages of Rachelle's  book is the unspoken pact the 5 girls at the party made never to reveal which of them had playfully pushed Friedman Chapman into the shallow end of the pool. That friend still remains anonymous to the world, and Friedman Chapman and her family say they hold no ill-will against her.

1 comment:

  1. Hope must be kept alive, kudos Rachelle.