Created: 05/25/2014 10:34 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
After an accident, doctors told Kaleb Wilson he would never walk again. But through love, faith and perseverance, he and his fiancée Brittany Heronimus proved them wrong.
Wilson and Heronimus met on a mission trip and fell for each other fast.
“For me it was probably 2 or 3 months after we started dating that I knew,” Wilson said.
Their love went long-distance when Wilson joined the Coast Guard. They planned to make it work until Heronimus finished college, but in November 2012, that changed.
“Ran down the pier and jumped in and as soon as I hit, the next thing I knew was I couldn't move,” Wilson said.
He had jumped into a pond, landed wrong and injured his C6 and C7 vertebrae. Without knowing it at the time, that jump changed the rest of his life. Doctors said he may never walk again.
“There was definitely a grieving period where, what if this is our life? Like he said we both are so active and outgoing,” Heronimus said.
For a young couple, the first few months were challenging. But Heronimus stood by Wilson’s side, and in August 2013, he proposed. In the months that followed, he started to regain strength. First, he could stand, and with therapy, began to walk.
“We knew that this accident happened for a reason and we didn't know why. We don't know what God has in store for us but we do know there's a reason there,” Wilson said.
On June 14, he’ll walk Heronimus down the aisle.
“We get to experience it together,” she said.
The couple hasn’t said their vows yet, but “for better or for worse” has already been tested.
“Everybody has something that they're going through and everybody has a problem...whether its you're in a chair or you have PTSD because you served our country or anything like that...you can just physically see ours,” Heronimus said.
Wilson is still getting treatments at Craig Hospital in Denver. They have one of the most advanced therapy programs in the nation, and the couple credits the clinic for much of his improvement.