Car crash victim defies doctors to walk again
From tragedy to triumph
- Duration 4:15
- Date Dec 7, 2012
From tragedy to triumph
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This next story is an emotional one and the perfect ones -- Christmas season five years ago doctors told our next guest that he would never walk again.
I'm Christmas -- -- -- was involved in the deadly car crash an older driver spun out of control crashing into his family's SUV killing of his father.
And his brother seventeen year old girlfriend.
-- was left paralyzed from the waist down but he never stopped living his life and believing that he would walk again.
And now in two weeks guess what he's gonna do.
He's -- -- -- the I don't unassisted and its own wedding.
Joining -- -- this morning -- Miller and his fiance Haley -- and so honored to meet both of you what a wonderful story with such tragic beacons.
I know that you went -- such immense pain of losing these two people that were so close to you and then you were so injured.
But you say it was your mental capacity.
That kept you going in what way.
For me mainly it was.
Really just hold on my faith -- in the whole time and that's like a lot of people that.
Probably -- -- here in the story for the first time can think I don't know if I could get through that and for me every day -- about waking up in the morning and just praying to god that he's gonna give me a different future than.
Then when I was being told at that time and and you know I had so many ups and downs and a really long road but it it really just came back to that perseverance and been holding on my faith.
So this was five years ago we're watching video -- now going through rehab.
Three years ago you also went to the University of Michigan and walked out using canes and it was sent to honor your brother right.
Yeah we just Timonen and it was a really huge goal -- set at the time because I had been walking in a -- leg brace.
At -- time we have set that goal while.
Eight months before and led the team out then and got down to where I was just using canes and -- -- -- -- Keep in mind folks if you're watching this right now this young man was given a 1% chance of ever walking again.
Look at how the -- -- respond.
Right around this time you met this beautiful woman was sitting next to me Haley how did you guys meet.
Well it started out and.
I was living and and Toledo and he had just posted that he was -- -- around going to this benefit to support.
This boy who had cancer and I just kind of responded and said okay I'll be around -- leaking well and he sent me a message that came out pick -- up and and that lending again that little bit up.
And that was it now you are going to be getting married it's two weeks away and most people would be you know -- -- just -- -- -- such -- -- -- -- your goal -- to do a lot.
I'm going to be locking.
Walking out to to wait for alias on.
On -- wedding day and walk out there.
I'm an assistant unassisted.
Because today when you cannot say.
You still are using canes.
What are you gonna do in your mind to make sure that you get out there yeah.
Well the biggest.
-- That I've had is.
I had to think.
Just -- like all my strength conditioning coaches every day -- far less.
And and the guy train with a lot John Jeffrey.
Every day they try to convince me I shouldn't be afraid of -- -- be afraid of of all these things that are floating to remind -- having to think about.
Each step I take and it's really been about more about train my mind to just naturally walk rather than.
Over thinking it.
-- what you love about this.
You know no matter how old.
This situation looks or how -- that looks whether it it's.
The biggest thing -- had a small thing there's always a positive that he brings out in it and whether it's in his life or my life it's just.
He always knows how to find the positive -- to turn the situation around right away.
I can't think of a better time for the two -- -- to.
Which your union together then right around Christmas time.
And it will be on December 22 and we wish you the best -- -- a wonderful life together and -- what a wonderful story.