Matthew and Christopher Reeve

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Christopher's oldest son, Matthew, documented his father's daily struggles on film. Christopher, describing his life after the accident, expressed his frustrations. "I was incredibly lucky to survive," he said. "But because I breathe on a ventilator, I have to have a nurse on duty 24 hours a day. One of the real losses is the loss of independence. I was always an incredibly independent person. I loved to spend time alone, and that's been very, very hard because I have never once ever been able to be alone. And to be a grown man and have to be washed and dressed and fed by other people, it's just a kind of a cruel irony. … Sometimes I get so jealous just, literally, seeing somebody get up out of a chair and walk across the room that I know they're not even thinking about it and I'm going, 'God, how did that happen? I can't even do that? I mean, how can this be my life?'"
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FROM: Dana Reeve's First Interview Since Christopher's Death
Published on February 16, 2005

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