A bride-to-be paralysed from the waist down, has told how she is determined to walk down the aisle. Alissa Boyle, 22, from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, was involved in a traffic accident on February 20, just two days after her boyfriend Nathan Grimmes proposed. Doctors told her that she would never walk again but a second review found that her spinal chord was still intact and she is now hoping to be back on her feet before her big day on September 7, 2013. Miss Boyle, a nursing student at Waynesburg University, was driving with fellow student Cami Abernethy to Ruby Memorial Hospital in West Virginia, when they stopped to help a man who was trapped inside his flipped Jeep.
But just as they had pulled him from the vehicle a truck came from the opposite direction and the threesome were forced to jump 40 or 50 feet off the edge of the overpass.
Miss Boyle says that she has no recollection of what happened next as she blacked out, and the only thing she remembers was waking up in hospital.
‘When I did wake up, I just remember being in pain. I remember just being in pain, and it was the worst pain in my life,’ she told WTAE.com.
Miss Boyle was the worse injured of the three and doctors told her that she would never walk again.
‘The doctor told me right away that I had a one percent chance of walking,’ she recalled.
However she is now undergoing physical therapy as further tests showed that her spinal chord was not severed.
She currently has feeling in her thighs and hopes over time, to regain sensation in her lower-legs.
She said when she discovered the extent of her injuries she feared that her fiance, who is stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, would leave her but she revealed that ‘he never left my bedside’.
Talking about the series of events, her mother Lori highlighted that the accident couldn’t of happened at a more unfortunate timing.
‘I think the fact that she was close to graduating, and you know starting her life,’ she said. However the family are now gearing up for the wedding day next year, which is being funded by Jamie’s Dream Team.
The non-profit organisation is dedicated to those suffering from trauma, illness, injury or a disability and they have got a number of vendors on board to help Miss Boyle have her dream wedding day at Avion on the Water in Ohio.
A horse and carriage and Tiffany Blue colour scheme are just two of her requests. Her mother added: ‘Seeing her in her wedding dress, you know coming down the aisle will be indescribable.’