The scene is still implausible to the Canadian Elizabeth Smith. It is that the 32-year-old woman spent so much time lying in bed without being able to move that The very thought of walking down the aisle on your own day on your wedding day it seemed unreal to him. But the dream could finally be fulfilled.
The Young Woman from Ontario he fractured his tailbone and had two herniated discs in his spine as a result of a series of complications in the delivery of her son Sawyer. Since then began an ordeal in which the unbearable pain they left her helpless without help.
She spent more than a year bedridden from that terrible injury and That is why the video in which she is seen entering her wedding hand in hand with her father It became a phenomenal reflection of struggle that moved on social networks.
Walk down the aisle after the spine is broken
Elizabeth Smith suffered a severe broken tailbone and had two herniated discs in her spine in the traumatic delivery of her first child.
Until the day of delivery she had passed the pregnancy without problems, but something happened while the baby was advancing through the birth canal, for some reason it stopped advancing and her spine could not bear the harsh punishment: “It took four attempts for the doctors to give me an epidural (anesthesia) on my spine, but I could still feel everything.”he told the British newspaper Metro.
“The doctors, honestly, they don’t know what happened. His head got stuck and they used a vacuum cleaner to get the baby out. It was a very harrowing and long period of time, “ described the woman who was able to overcome childbirth, but with terrible consequences: “I spent a long time after Sawyer was born, unable to walk more than from my bed to my couch. and that slightest movement made me cry in pain. “
That is why the images of her wedding in which she is seen entering the wedding hand in hand with her father were so moving. for social media users and quickly went viral.
The woman fractured her tailbone and had two herniated discs in her spine. Photo: Video capture.
This is the official video of the event in which she enters the wedding with her impeccable dress, the bouquet in her hands and the veil on her head. In just a handful of seconds you can see how the young woman could enjoy that dream day after all physical suffering has been left behind.
It is that after the traumatic childbirth, 18 months followed in which Elizabeth was pleading with the doctors to operate on her spine.
“I couldn’t lift my son, the baby’s first year was raised by my parents because I could barely hold him. My back couldn’t support him so I couldn’t be alone with him, he cried in pain “, confessed the woman who insistently asked for the operation.
Her back pain was so intense that it even led her to think of suicide. Photo: Video capture.
“I was desperate for corrective spinal surgery in which they shaved the discs so that they no longer affected the nerve that was causing me that agony. “But the doctors feared that the intervention could leave irreversible consequences, so they told him that he was too young to go through that process.
Initially they told her it was a sciatic problem, they told her to try physical therapy, but she found nothing to help her. “I tried everything, but the pain was getting worse. I felt like someone was constantly stabbing me in the spine. I asked for an operation, but they told me no and I continued asking for more than a year, but they told me that back surgery would ruin my life, ” he explained.
To ease the pain, she received all kinds of medications and painkillers, but that made her gain weight, which left her emotionally affected. “Some medications made me gain 10 kilos in two weeks, it was horrible. I spent thousands of dollars on therapy, but I knew the answer was surgery, I needed that surgery to survive. “
For 18 months Elizabeth begged the doctors to operate on her spine. Photo: Video capture.
With that terrible pain, without the possibility of caring for her baby and with an unusual overweight, her mood was hit hard and she even thought about suicide: “My mom would come and get me up, get ready, help me dress, my parents, my brother and my husband took turns looking after me throughout the day.”
“Honestly, I didn’t think I would survive. It completely devastated me, I was a strong person but this was killing me. I just wanted to live my life, to be a real mother, but I couldn’t make my body work. I was slowly dying. I had no life at all, I was also disappointed because I couldn’t be the mother my son deserved and I hated the guilt I felt for that. “
Finally, 13 months after the child’s birth, the doctors agreed to put her on the waiting list for the operation. “It was agreed that I needed emergency spinal surgery. I burst into tears when they gave me a date for the surgery, it saved my life.”, he assured.
The operation, she says, has saved her life. Photo: Video capture.
Sure, that was just the beginning of her recovery, but she quickly began to see progress. She still has a long way to go before she can get back to having the life she had before, but the money invested, the yoga classes, the physical therapy and all the efforts began to return Elizabeth’s smile.
It was then that the couple decided to get married in September of last year. A small family ceremony due to Covid 19 restrictions, gathered about 32 guests, for her it was the dream night in which she showed that she could walk confidently down the hall, without pain.
“I felt amazing to be able to walk upright, people had forgotten my height, I spent too much time prostrate”. In turn, the couple also experienced a new rebirth: “It felt incredible to finally be able to celebrate as a couple because for a long time the focus was on me being sick and on the newborn child.”
Thanks to the operation, Elizabeth was able to walk on her own on her wedding day. Photo: Video capture.
“Finally we become a normal couple that no longer suffers that drama of chronic pain. It was devastating for our family. “
“My father walked me down the aisle. Our ceremony only had 32 guests, it was extremely intimate. I think almost all of the guests cried at some point because they all felt so connected to our ordeal. “
A new life
“I lost the first 18 months with my first child and that made me very depressed, but I am determined to make up for it now.”said the young mother who is now all optimism.
“I had to find the silver lining. We have done a lot since my surgery, we have gone hiking, canoeing, biking and hiking. I am so thankful that they finally listened to me and that I was able to get my life back, be a mother, and finally become a wife. ”