Monday, August 15, 2016

Paralyzed Woman Shocked Doctors By Walking On Her Wedding Day & Even Danced

A Georgia woman who was told the likelihood of her walking again was so low the percentage was 'too small to put a number on' has walked down the aisle at her dream wedding.

Jaquie Goncher, 25, became paralyzed from the neck down at age 17 after an accident in a swimming pool that left her floating face down in the water, believing she'd die.

Doctors told her mother they were hesitant to even put a percentage on the chances of Goncher walking again. Goncher, from Marietta, went from being an active teen who played softball to being wheelchair-bound.

However, the then-teen refused to be stuck in a chair and after meeting her now-husband, 35-year-old Andy Goncher, she was determined to not only walk down the aisle at their wedding but to also dance.

She had worked hard to regain her ability to stand but Goncher's low blood pressure made it impossible for her to be on her feet for more than 30 minutes.

After working with physical therapists, spending hours in the gym on a treadmill and exercising her core for strength.

'It was more than physically hard because I was an athlete…I knew how I should be working out and to do it halfway was emotional,' Goncher told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

When Goncher's big day finally arrived few people knew she would be walking down the aisle.

'I was so nervous. Those entire moments leading up to it, I thought I was going to throw up,' she said. Finally, she made her way down the aisle to her husband.

'It was like a movie. Everyone was shocked in the best way,' Kuhn said.

Goncher danced with her husband, Kuhn painted the moment in water colors.

'I just felt blessed. I've been walking through journey of healing for eight years… I had to put my faith in God – it reminded me of how far I have come,' Goncher said.


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