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IN People ON 31 Aug, 2016
Michelle Carston suffered from a car accident in 1993 which left her paralyzed from the neck down. She was a quadriplegic and doctors specifically claimed that she wouldn't be able to walk or carry out her daily functions again. This didn't make Michelle lose hope and with the help of vigorous physiotherapy, she was able to feed and gain some function once again.
But the God had some other plans for Michelle and her husband, Peter. In her mid-30s, Michelle was pregnant with a baby boy, but the pregnancy wasn't going to be easy.
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She met with a car accident and felt her neck crack at the cervical level of the spinal cord. Immediately, she stopped feeling sensations from below her breast bone.
She had to learn basic functions like feeding and dressing once again. She was wheelchair bound but was glad to have regained sensations and some function in her paralyzed limbs.
Peter felt an instant connection with her and her disability didn't scare him at all. He chose her as his partner despite knowing the risks that come with taking care of a disabled person.
11 months after the wedding, Michelle was pregnant. Many questioned the pregnancy and how it would affect the mother's health, but the couple was simply happy to be expecting.
She had suffered from blood clots, bladder infections, and even a minor cold was challenging in a condition like this. So, Michelle knew pregnancy would be the biggest obstacle to them. But she was still determined to give birth to this baby.
She would suffer from complications, so she was advised complete bed rest for 8 months of her pregnancy. She was receiving regular blood transfusions and hydration fluid so that she would be healthy.
She would get regular sonograms to check the health of the baby. Since, she still had deficits in her functions, she had to be on top of her game to keep the baby healthy.
It could also lead to her death and that's what Michelle and Peter were worried about.
It hasn't been easy on either of them, but they managed to make it work.
They became each others' strength and made it work even during the tough times.
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