Four Years Later, Paralyzed Bride Determined To Have A Baby

Rachelle Friedman was tragically paralyzed before her wedding. Now, this brave woman is speaking to INSIDE EDITION about her hopes of becoming a mom.

Rachelle Friedman is the paralyzed bride who stole America’s heart. A month before her wedding, she was paralyzed in a freak accident at her bachelorette party.

A shocking 911 call made by a friend captured the moment. The caller told the 911 operator, “One of our friends pushed one of our other friends into the pool, like as a joke, and she like hit her head on the bottom of the pool.”

The wedding took place as planned. They said their “I Do's” and shared a first dance. Now, four years later, Rachelle and Chris are hoping to start a family.

Chris told INSIDE EDITION, “When Rachelle was hurt, it was one of our first concerns. We asked immediately will Rachelle be able to have a child?”

Rachelle recently underwent ground breaking physical therapy to strengthen and stimulate her muscles. For the first time since her accident she was standing on her own two feet.

See Rachelle Talk About Her Physical Therapy

Rachelle never gave up on trying to have a baby, saying, “I wasn’t sure if paralysis effected that ability. It turns out it doesn't, I can still conceive.”

The problem is, she requires high doses of blood pressure medication which would be harmful to a fetus if she got pregnant.  So, she has opted for surrogacy.

She said, “I’m worried. I’m scared, anxious, excited.”

As luck would have it, a former college friend of the couple has agreed to carry their baby.

“I feel so comfortable that it’s someone we met, and know, and like, and love, and doing this for us,” she said.

Rachelle knows there will be challenges but refuses to let her disability stand in the way of motherhood, saying, “I can do a lot more than people think. I can change diapers. I can dress them."

Rachelle has written a book called The Promise, and she promises this, once known as the paralyzed bride, she is hoping for a little baby who will only know her as mom.

To read an excerpt from The Promise, click on the Download PDF button below.