Paralyzed ECU Grad Hopes To Walk Again

An East Carolina graduate who got married last summer after a poolside accident left her paralyzed isn't walking yet, but she hasn't given up on learning to move on her own again.

Rachelle Friedman Chapman is stronger after training for almost three weeks in October at Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery center in California. And the 26-year-old hopes to return for more training that could help her walk for the first time since the accident just weeks before her original wedding date.

Chapman was pushed into a pool by a friend at her bachelorette party in Virginia Beach in May 2010. The fall left her a quadriplegic with no feeling from the chest down.

The wedding was finally held in July in North Carolina.


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  • by 40some on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:02 PM
    Shame, stem cells could have her on her feet alot sooner.
  • by Motivated Location: Pitt Co on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    I don't know this woman, but her spirit and tenacity have motivated me to work harder in my life! Best of luck to you! You inspire me!
  • by Diane Location: ENC on Jan 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    With that spirit and determination, nothing will get in your way. You are an inspiration. Have a blessed new year.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal, unfortunately on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:35 AM
    Rachelle, I love your spirit and your grace. Keep on with what you're doing and have an absolutely blessed new year. :-)
  • by greenville Location: Greenville on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:33 AM
    Good luck to you girl!
  • by Teresa Location: Pitt on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:18 AM
    Best of Luck to this young lady. Her determination will go a long way and she will probably walk again. God Bless you! I hope you have a Happy New Year.:)
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