“He would walk into my room and make me giggle, I always felt better when he was with me.
“Nothing was going to tear us apart, I was rehabbing and planning my wedding all at the same time!
“I was very scared,” says Anna Claire, who had already picked out a venue for her nuptials nine months away. ’ But the thought of my upcoming wedding was motivation to get better.” And after months of therapy, the high school sweethearts tied the knot on their originally planned wedding date, October 22, 2016.
“It was emotional thinking about having to be in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic for my wedding, instead of everything I had always envisioned,” says Anna Claire.
“My marriage has pushed me through, and I’m very happy,” she says. ” Anna Claire can now wiggle her toes and has improving hand grip.
“I was aware I couldn’t move, but it wasn’t until I saw other suffering patients at therapy that it hit me — I was very scared.” Anna Claire started seeing therapists at Shepherd Center in Atlanta one month after the incident. “I remember nurses and my family talking at the hospital about how with my kinds of injuries, you never know how long it will take to come back.
“He hit my side of the car and Jimbo flew through the sunroof.
I stayed in the car, which flipped four times.” The accident left her a quadriplegic.
” During one recreational therapy session, a Shepherd trainer even took her wedding dress shopping.
“They really wanted me to go out in the community, which can be hard and emotional,” says Anna Claire.