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On October 9, 2004, nine years after his horseback riding accident left him paralyzed, Christopher slipped into a coma. His wife Dana was 3,000 miles away when she received a devastating phone call telling her the news.

"I asked to speak to our nurse, Eileen. And she explained to me what happened; what the symptoms were. And I said, 'Do I need to get on a plane?' And she said, 'Yes.' And I said, 'Do you think he might die?' And she said, 'Yes.'

"And right after I spoke with Eileen, my first call was to my friend, Marcia Williams, Robin's wife, and I said, 'Marcia, I have to fly home. She helped me get out of California. But I couldn't fly [that night]…so they got me a private plane, but it was not something I could get instantly. I had to wait until morning," Dana explains. "They had to get pilots together. They had to get clearance, and there were these things that had to happen. I had to wait until morning."
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FROM: Dana Reeve's First Interview Since Christopher's Death
Published on February 16, 2005

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