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This story comes to us from ABC News. One month shy of one of the happiest moments of her life, bride-to-be Rachelle Friedman was paralyzed after a not so fun joke went wrong at her bachelorette party.
"It all happened very quickly," Friedman, 25, told ABCNews.com. Friedman had been out celebrating her pending nuptials with her bridesmaids when they decided to go for a swim at the end of the night.
"We got home, ran upstairs and changed into our bathing suits," said Friedman. "My best friend -- and she still is my best friend -- she playfully pushed me in like we've done a million times."
"It was playful, but it went wrong," she said. "It was a freak accident." She hit her head on the bottom of the pool.
"I instantly went stiff and couldn't move," said Friedman. "I weirdly did not panic, I kind of knew exactly what happened and I floated up to the surface and said, 'Help!' and then my friends called 9-1-1."
"I remember when they were pulling me out of the water I could see my legs below me but I couldn't feel the water on them," she said.
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Rachelle has an incredible outlook on her future despite the dramatic change of events. We here at the Foundation hear all too often about accidents that change people's lives in an instant. Next time you go swimming, please remember some simple safety that can never be taken too carefully.
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