Thanks to a new experimental, surgically implanted spine, a paralyzed 28-year-old man named Kent Stephenson, was able to stand once again, along with his wife Misti Richeson, as they presented their vows to each other at their wedding ceremony. Stephenson was paralyzed during a motocross accident in 2009, and took part in the experimental surgery at the chance he would be able to stand tall on his wedding day.
“Stephenson took part in an experimental procedure in 2012 from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the University of Louisville that put an electrical implant in his spine. The implant transmits low electrical currents to stimulate the nerves and help allow paralyzed patients to stand, doctors said.”
According to family friend and wedding photographer, Allix Ruby, “the moment Stephenson stepped up to the altar, the wedding guests started to tear up.” With the aid of a custom rail, he was even able to dance along with his wife during the reception.
“In a video from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Stephenson recounted the moment he could finally move his leg on his own after the accident.”
Article: ABC News