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Healing the Doctor
The first time Michelle saw Chris, he was singing on stage with his band. Their attraction was mutual, but Michelle was shocked to learn that this late-night rocker had another day job—as a cardiologist.

Michelle and Chris began dating, and were together for five years when tragedy struck. While driving home one night in separate cars, Michelle watched helplessly as Chris hit a patch of black ice in the road and lost control of his car. Chris tore an artery in his leg, crushed his pelvis and suffered a spinal cord injury. Doctors told him he would never walk again and placed him in a drug-induced coma. Chris became unrecognizable and ballooned up to over 300 pounds while he was in his coma. For three months, Michelle spent every day by Chris's side until he was transferred to a hospital hours away. She then continued to visit him every weekend. "I didn't want to be home if he died," Michelle says.

Four months after his accident, Chris became conscious. When he was well enough to leave the hospital, Michelle cared for him at home. Four months after getting out of the hospital, Michelle, Chris and his family went on a cruise…and Chris proposed on the deck of the ship!

Their wedding was a year later and, Chris says, "I was determined to walk down that aisle." His hard work in rehab paid off. Chris was able to stand by Michelle's side for their vows.

Were there ever times Chris felt like giving up? "There are times that you want to give up, but she was my strength, my family and friend," Chris says.

"I've never thought of giving up," Michelle says. "I believe in him and that's why I'm here."
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Published on February 14, 2006

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