This paralyzed mother of four claims that her husband dumped her while she was still at the hospital. She was just on her fifth day at the hospital after suffering from a stroke, when her husband dumped her. But you know what they say, every ending is just a new beginning.
The 37-year-old woman named Riona Kelly was left paralyzed from her waist down to her feet after she suffered a spinal stroke. The doctors told her that she would never be able to regain the use of her legs again.
However, she had no idea that she would still find love after she was dumped by her her husband for 14 years.
Riona Kelly decided to defy the doctors' prediction. She decided to do something about her condition in hopes of regaining the power of her legs again.
After her husband filed a divorce, she's now looking forward to the new chapters of her life with her own personal trainer the 35-year-old Keith Mason who happens to be a former rugby league player.
Kelly, the mother of 16-year-old Leighnara, 11-year-old Caleb, 9-year-old Izabela and 5-year-old Logan, took her first steps just 8 weeks after her stroke. She's currently dealing with her condition with her happiness, Keith, who also has a 5-year-old daughter named Kalani from his previous relationship.
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Now, she can already walk unaided around the house and she just uses her crutches and wheelchair to travel long distances.
"After suffering a stroke not only did I have to deal with paralysis but I had to deal with losing my partner of 14 years. After he asked me for a divorce I was left completely alone.
"After five days in hospital, I was told it would take me six months to a year to recover. At the time I felt like giving up, but I knew I had to be strong for my children and so when I finally took my first steps it felt amazing.
"I put a post on Facebook last January looking for a personal trainer to help me and some friends suggested that I get in touch with Keith.
"After our sessions, Keith and I stayed in contact, he would ask me how I was getting on and our relationship blossomed from there. We have now been together for 11 months, the children really like him and I finally feel like I'm living the life I deserve."
Kelly then recalled how horrifying it was when she suffered from a stroke. She also recalled that her miscarriage added pain to her. She also added that six weeks after her stroke, she tried moving her legs, but she failed to do so and that's when the doctors started telling her that she would never be able to walk again and maybe, her previous accident had caused her to suffer like that.
But then, she found the courage to continue her life and to continue hoping because of the support that she got from her family and the other patients.
After spending hours in Physio, Kelly miraculously made her first steps!
"I was dragging my body and I had no feeling in my legs but I didn't care, I was walking and that's all that mattered. My consultant was very emotional, he couldn't believe I had done it with the help of a standing frame. Every day I built up my strength and after four months in hospital, I was finally allowed to go home. It took me 25 minutes to get up 16 steps, and the same time to come back down again, but I was determined to do it for my children."
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Kelly also revealed that she had no idea that a hot rugby player would even want to date a paralyzed woman like her, but of course, she's glad he did because now, they're happy!