A woman was dumped by her husband of 14 years after being left paralyzed, but thankfully she has turned her life around and found love again.
Doctors warned Riona Kelly that she may never walk again after suffering a stroke, but she’s made an incredible recovery thanks to her hunky personal trainer boyfriend.
The 37-year-old from Halifax, Yorkshire — 200 miles north of London — was rushed to the hospital in March, 2015, after she was struck with a spinal stroke that left her paralyzed from the waist down.
Just five days into her hospital stay, Kelly claims that her husband decided that their marriage was over.
The pair were also supporting their four children, Leighanra, 16, Caleb, 11, Izabela, 9, and Logan, 5.
Kelly remembered: “After my husband left me in the hospital, my friend, Sarah, became my next of kin, it was her and the children that supported me during my recovery.”
“Looking back I was miserable in my marriage, but we had built a life together and had responsibilities.”
“It was the time I needed my husband the most.”
After six weeks, Kelly was still unable to move her legs and medical professionals warned her that she may never recover.
Kelly explained: “It was at this point that doctors told me I would never walk again.”
“I’d had a car accident 18 months previous and they said that could have caused problems in my spine.”
Adjusting to life in a wheelchair was difficult for the mom, especially without her husband by her side.
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She said: “The first time I went out in a wheelchair I thought everyone was looking at me, I hated it and hated myself.”
“If someone had given me the choice I would have ended my life, I didn’t want to live anymore.”
Miraculously, after hours of physiotherapy, Kelly was finally able to take her first steps on the parallel bar.
She explained: “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 the 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.”
During her recovery, Kelly met personal trainer Keith Mason, 35.
After working through physiotherapy sessions together, the pair soon fell head-over-heels for each other.
Kelly remembered: “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 our session, 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 has since completed two marathons with the help of her wheelchair and can now walk without assistance.
She said: “I now only need my wheelchair to go long distances but my home hasn’t been adapted so I try not use it.”
“Looking back, going through what I did was the best thing to ever happen to me.”
“I’m now back in the gym, and with Keith’s help I’m getting better and stronger than ever.”
Riona’s ex-husband, Richard, responded: “I told Riona I wanted a divorce the morning before her stroke, not whilst she was in the hospital.”
“Whilst she was in the hospital I visited as much as I could of an evening, I had to take care of the children, look after the house and run a business.”
“I lived in the house with Riona and the kids until last June before I eventually moved out, and we have now both moved on.”