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Couple weds even after traumatic brain injury

People are sure to walk away from certain car accidents, while other accidents are inevitably fatal. Other car accidents, however, leave victims with permanent disabilities that will follow them around for the rest of their lives. Brain injuries or spinal cord injuries can drastically change a person's life. For Ohio residents who suffer from a disabling injury, recovery can be an ongoing and costly process. The recovery process is not only difficult on the victim of a traumatic brain injury, but the victim's family is also impacted by the life-changing event.

No one knows this better than a couple whose love story has gone viral of late. The two met during college, almost ten years ago. After only ten months of dating, they already had plans to get married, but then the man was involved in a serious car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Instead of giving up, this man's then-girlfriend moved in with his family and became the caretaker for him, since he could not eat or even talk.

When the young man slowly began to regain his speech, the couple once again took up the idea of marriage. They tied the knot in 2010 and recently celebrated their three-year anniversary with the news that the husband is now walking.

This touching story highlights some of the best and worst aspects of brain injuries. Victims may be forced to rely on the support of family or friends, but there may be additional avenues of support. Victims who suffered a life-long disability as the result of an accident may be able to recover compensation from a negligent party. Compensation for damages can help cover physical therapy and medical costs, loss of earning potential, as well the emotional toll of such an injury.

Source: MSN, "This beautiful couple show the world the true meaning of love," Oct. 31, 2013

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