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This story coming out of Georgia is one of those that warms your heart, it did mine. A newlywed couple, Jaimie Reda, a producer and Jimmy Moore a photojournalist, had their lives ready to be lived. But all that changed when Jimmy was in a car accident on August 8; Jimmy is now living with paralysis from the neck down.
The young bride who not so long ago walked down the aisle beside her groom now walks for him. In just watching Jaimie position Jimmy properly in his power chair every morning, you can feel her determination to be the best possible wife and caregiver. And then there are all the other things she has had to learn – no – insisted on learning. Some of them aren’t for the squeamish, like cleaning the mucus out of Jimmy’s tracheostomy tube (Jimmy breathes with the help of a breathing machine).
“This is the same girl who used to get mad at me when I would spit a loogie,” says Jimmy, laughing. “Now, she’s like ‘look how much stuff we got out of you’! She’s the best nurse I’ve got. She knows more about my care plan than I do. I’m seeing this side of her that I’ve never seen before – heck, it didn’t exist. It did not exist. I don’t know where this nurse monster came from, but I am sure lucky to have her.”
“Right now, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing than taking care of Jimmy, being by his side,” says Jaimie.
Jimmy knows Jaimie certainly had other plans for her life. They both did. Travelling. Kids. A new home. Moving up in their careers. All those things newlyweds dream of.
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