Four years later, woman paralyzed at bachelorette party prepares for baby

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Just a month before Rachelle Friedman's dream wedding in 2010, she was paralyzed in a freak accident at her poolside bachelorette party.

A shocking 911 call made by a friend captured the awful moment. The caller told the 911 operator, "One of our friends pushed one of our other friends into the pool, like as a joke, and she like hit her head on the bottom of the pool."
Four years later, woman paralyzed at bachelorette party prepares for baby
Rachelle Friedman, a bride paralyzed last year, and husband Chris Chapman, leave their wedding reception following a surprise BraunAbility 2011 Toyota Sienna Rampvan donation from The Braun Corporation and Toyota Mobility Friday, July 22, 2011 in Pittsboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Martha Manning Photography)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Rachelle Friedman attends the 'Walking With Anthony' charity event at Siren Studios on April 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Rachelle Friedman, a bride paralyzed last year, and husband Chris Chapman, leave their wedding reception following a surprise BraunAbility 2011 Toyota Sienna Rampvan donation from The Braun Corporation and Toyota Mobility Friday, July 22, 2011 in Pittsboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Martha Manning Photography)
In this June 30, 2011 photo, Rachelle Friedman looks in the mirror during the fitting for her wedding dress in Raleigh, N.C. Friedman was left paralyzed after a swimming pool accident that postponed her wedding plans. Now, she is all set to commence with those plans. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
In this June 30, 2011 photo, Rachelle Friedman tries on a veil during the fitting for her wedding dress in Raleigh, N.C. Friedman was left paralyzed after a swimming pool accident that postponed her wedding plans. Now, she is all set to commence with those plans. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
In this June 30, 2011 photo, Rachelle Friedman smiles after trying on her wedding dress in Raleigh, N.C. Friedman was left paralyzed after a swimming pool accident that postponed her wedding plans. Now, she is all set to commence with those plans. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
In this June 30, 2011 photo, Rachelle Friedman has her photo made by wedding photographer Martha Manning during the fitting for her wedding dress in Raleigh, N.C. Friedman was left paralyzed after a swimming pool accident that postponed her wedding plans. Now, she is all set to commence with those plans. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
In this June 30, 2011 photo, Rachelle Friedman navigates a room in her wheelchair during the fitting for her wedding dress in Raleigh, N.C. Friedman was left paralyzed after a swimming pool accident that postponed her wedding plans. Now, she is all set to commence with those plans. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Rachelle Friedman attends the 'Walking With Anthony' charity event at Siren Studios on April 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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"As soon as I hit the water, I felt my body kind of stiffen up. I went numb and I kind of heard a crack in my neck," she told 'TODAY.'

As a result, Rachel was paralyzed from the chest down. Eventually, the wedding took place as planned. They said their "I do's" and shared a very special first dance. Now, five years later, Rachelle and Chris are hoping to start a family.

Chris told INSIDE EDITION, "When Rachelle was hurt, it was one of our first concerns. We asked immediately will Rachelle be able to have a child?"

Rachelle recently underwent groundbreaking physical therapy to strengthen and stimulate her muscles. For the first time since her accident, she was standing on her own two feet.

Rachelle never gave up on trying to have a baby, saying, "I wasn't sure if paralysis effected that ability. It turns out it doesn't, I can still conceive."

The problem is, she requires high doses of blood pressure medication which would be harmful to a fetus if she got pregnant. So, she has opted for surrogacy.

She said, "I'm worried. I'm scared, anxious, excited."

As luck would have it, a former college friend of the couple has agreed to carry their baby.

"I feel so comfortable that it's someone we met, and know, and like, and love ... doing this for us," she said.

Rachelle knows there will be challenges but refuses to let her disability stand in the way of motherhood, saying, "I can do a lot more than people think. I can change diapers. I can dress them."

Rachelle has written a book called 'The Promise,' and she promises this: once known as the 'paralyzed bride,' she is hoping for a little baby who will only know her as 'mom.'
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