Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Her Husband Left Her After She Became Paralyzed, But She Got The Best Revenge.

The Vows Of Love

The Vows Of Love

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When you say your wedding vows you usually include the line "in sickness and in health," which implies that no matter what happens, you will be there for one another. Marriage isn't always a walk in the park, but you know what you're getting into the moment you put on those rings. For many people those words are written in stone, but for others, the words are nothing more than a nice sentiment. Unfortunately, Riona Kelly had to find that out in the worst way possible.

They Looked Perfect

They Looked Perfect

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Kelly and her husband Richard were married for a little over fourteen years. They have four kids together - Leighanra, 17, Caleb, 12, Izabela, 10 and Logan, 6. Kelly was extremely active in her children's lives, and she was physically active, as well. Kelly would exercise regularly and cook amazing meals. They looked like the perfect family on the outside, but that illusion would be destroyed rather quickly.

An Unfortunate Incident

An Unfortunate Incident

Riona Kelly / Instagram

When Kelly was 37 years old she suffered from a spinal stroke, a disruption in the spinal cord's blood supply, that paralyzed her from the waist down. In order to function properly, the spinal cord completely depends on its blood supply, so a disruption in the supply can cause serious injury or damage the tissues. It can also block messages, or nerve impulses, from traveling along the spinal cord.

Never Walk Again

Never Walk Again

Riona Kelly / Instagram

A spinal stroke only accounts for 1.25% of all strokes. Unfortunately, Kelly wasn't so lucky and she was told that she would never be able to use her legs again. "I was at home one day with Logan, I can't remember exactly what happened but I fell down a complete flight of stairs and Logan had to call for help. I'd had a car accident 18 months previous and they said that could have caused problems in my spine. But other than that I was a fit and healthy woman and there was no other reason why this would happen," recalls Kelly.

It Doesn't Stop There

It Doesn't Stop There

Riona Kelly / Instagram

As if becoming paralyzed wasn't enough, Kelly's husband decided to leave her and her children five days after her accident. Since she no longer had her husband by her side, Kelly needed to rely on her friends and the hospital staff to help her through this horrific time. Just try to imagine what she was going through. What would you do if you were going through a life-changing experience and the one person that you needed to be there for you decided to leave? It goes without saying that Kelly was feeling down.

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