Remembering Christopher Reeve
Then, on May 27, 1995, his life took a catastrophic turn. At a horseback riding competition, Christopher fell headfirst off his horse and broke his neck. He was in a coma for four days, and woke to tragic news: He was paralyzed from the neck down, and doctors told him he would never walk again. Unable to take a single breath on his own, the 6-foot-4-inch star now needed a respirator to survive.
Though Christopher was at first unsure of what this meant, his wife, Dana, gave him the will to live. He continued acting and directing from a wheelchair, wrote two best-selling books and championed the important fight to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.