A woman who was left paralysed from the waist down after being hit by a drunk driver managed to walk down the aisle at her wedding.Erin Rollins, 33, of Chicago, was driving in November 2014 when she was involved in a collision that paramedics said she was lucky to survive.The freelance journalist suffered a spinal cord injury that sent shards of bone into her spinal canal and abdomen.
Cuts in her bowel led to internal bleeding, which needed emergency surgery, and paralysis from the waist down. She has had eight operations in total.Over the next two years, she re-learnt how to walk with the loving support of her husband, Dennis, 39, whom she married two years after her accident.Despite her life and health being permanently damaged, Mrs Rollins forgave the drunk driver on the day of her sentencing, hugging her in court.
Erin Rollins, 33, of Chicago, walked down the aisle to marry Dennis, 39, two years after she was left paralysed from the waist down after being hit by a drunk driver
Mrs Rollins was driving in November 2014 when a she was involved in a collision that paramedics said she was lucky to survive.
She had to re-learn to walk. Pictured in a wheelchair while wearing a brace to support her back
Shards from Mrs Rollins spine cut holes into her bowel, causing internal bleeding which needed emergency surgery. Pictured in hospital immediately after the crash
Mrs Rollins remembers being in hospital after the crash and feeling numb, but initially thinking it was because of medication.
Pictured, being visited by Mr RollinsMrs Rollins said: I may not have physically died on November 9, 2014, but I lost my life.Before the crash, I had dreams of having a career in journalism, but now Im faced with the harsh reality that despite gaining back a lot of function in my body, I still have devastating losses that people dont see from the outside.
Im faced with these losses every time I have to say no to something because of pain, or because Im physically unable to participate.I will never be able to restore the time that was lost. I can forgive and move on, but the losses and sadness remain. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next
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.Staff ran tests and checked Mrs Rollins, who couldnt feel anything - she initially thought this was due to the pain medication.However, she was found to have suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury and two burst fractures.....