Paraplegic veteran finds a way to dance with his wife at their wedding
Every bride and groom dreams of their first dance as husband and wife. Sgt. Joey Johnson thought he would never live that dream after suffering a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed -- but with some help from his friends, the 27-year-old groom made it a reality.
Sgt. Johnson, an Afghanistan veteran, hadn't stood up since his accident in 2012, but was able to shock his bride at their June wedding by creating a harness that hoisted him up for their first dance. Now, the photos from LinneaLiz Photography have gone viral.
After the cake cutting ceremony, the couple stood face to face and danced, something no one had thought possible. There wasn't a dry eye in the house, and Johnson's new wife Michelle said she was stunned.
"If you know Joey, he cannot keep a secret," the bride told ABC news. "But he made my dreams come true and I never knew how special our day would really be."
Sgt. Johnson met Michelle shortly after returning from a 10-month stint in Afghanistan. The veteran returned home with PTSD and purchased a motorcycle to recapture the adrenaline rush he had while abroad. Sadly, he got into an accident that severed his spinal chord. He is paralyzed from the chest down.
The couple met four months before Sgt. Johnson's accident and stayed together through the long recovery. "We knew we were meant to be," Michelle said.
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