In 2001, Newlyweds Carol and Robert Taylor went on a romantic getaway that resulted in a life-changing event for them both. After a horrific car crash, Carol was rendered a quadriplegic. She asked her husband for a divorce and he countered by offering his undying love and support instead. Since then, Carol has defied the doctor’s predictions and lived a full life as a wife and mother.
Romantic Holiday Gone Wrong
In 2001 Carol and her new husband had set off on a romantic getaway as newlyweds. The morning they drove home, their car suddenly encountered a patch of black ice. This sent the car rolling, and the second roll caused the roof of the car to cave in and smashed into the back of Carol’s neck. She was rendered a quadriplegic. In the hospital, she could not bear the idea of her husband feeling trapped, so she asked him for a divorce so he might live a life free of the constraints that people with her disability face.
Carol recalled the day of the accident: “I looked down at my legs and could see the way they were positioned. Then, I knew instantly I would never walk again. I could see all this chaos going on around me, my husband was flagging down a truck, and a helicopter was landing in the middle of the road. I wasn’t worried that I knew I wasn’t going to walk again. All I could think about was, will I be able to have [a] baby?”
From the scene of the accident, a helicopter came to airlift her safely to the nearest hospital. Her lungs collapsed from the injuries, and they had to perform an emergency tracheotomy. “I remember lying in the hospital bed blinking at letters of the alphabet,” she recalled.
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She Asked For a Divorce
Carol was not able to communicate with her voice for quite some time. When she eventually regained her ability to speak, one of her first questions was asking whether or not she will be able to have kids of her own. The doctors advised her that along with the car crash injuries and her pre-existing fertility issues, she would most likely not be able to carry a child in her belly.
In an interview with 7News, carol stated that she felt her relationship was over. “The first thing I told him was I wanted a divorce“. Her husband was still able-bodied, and she feared for his happiness. “I didn’t want my best friend to be trapped in the relationship,” she told the reporter.
Rather than accepting the divorce option that Carol offered, Robert did something else. He decided to reaffirm that his love for her will never die. He waited till the day after she offered the divorce. Then, he got his wife into her wheelchair and rolled her out to the courtyard at the hospital. It was there that he confessed his undying love for Carol, and proposed to her all over again.