A British veteran who has been using a wheelchair for the past seven years shocked her husband-to-be on their wedding day when she arrived at the end of the aisle — by walking.
Emma Kitson, 35, of West Yorks, joined the Royal Artillery when she was 18 and was deployed to Iraq in 2003.
While in service, she claims she carried 100-pound shells for AS90 bullet tanks on her back in an attempt to “keep up with the lads,” Kitson told SWNS, a British news agency.
But over time, the heavy weight became too much to bear because it was adversely affecting her spine. At 21, she left the army because of severe back pain.
She later underwent surgery to repair her spine. But when she came to following the procedure, she was unable to feel her left leg, she said.
“I wasn’t prepared for what would happen,” Kitson said.
Though she is not paralyzed, the pain in her leg has prevented her from being able to walk, forcing her to use a wheelchair, the bride said.
But ahead of her wedding day in August, the mom of three was determined to walk to her then-finance, Christopher Kitson, 38.
Kitson said she spent hours completing strength training exercises for her legs so she could walk 20 feet to the altar.
On Aug. 9, with a bit of help from her father and son, she successfully walked to her husband.
“I am in constant pain and on so many pain killers that I would rattle if you shook me, but I get on with my life and I enjoy it,” she said. “I am really happy that I ended my single life walking and started my married life walking.”
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