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Josh Smith, a quadriplegic, has been unable to walk or perform most activities after an accident seven years ago. So when Smith proposed to his girlfriend, Grace on bended knee, it was a big surprise for his friends and family. After he was given the green light, Smith got to work.
But just like the last few years of his life, he knew it wouldn't be easy. In August ofSmith was visiting some friends in Virginia Beach when he dove into a wave head first, slamming into a sandbar.
He was instantly paralyzed from the chest down. The weeks following the accident were tough for Smith.
He spent up to four months at the Shepherd Center, a spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation center in Atlanta, where he worked with therapists to help him adjust to his wheelchair. Shortly after, he returned to his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, where he continued life, but forced to look through a new lens. In under a Dating paralyzed man, Smith was making stride. He could drive an accessible van, work full-time, participate in adaptive sports and even invent products and tools for those, like himself, with limited motor functions.
A little over two years after his injury, Smith lived in an accessible home he custom built for his needs, his mother said. Although Smith said his life improving, there was one aspect of his life that he knew might not ever be the same again -- dating.
In Februarythat notion changed when Smith connected with a woman named Grace Thompson on a dating app and realized they had a lot in common. Both Richmond natives, they discovered they attended the same church.
It was a lot of game nights with another couple that we got close with during quarantine. We liked to cook dinners together and play games, and it was kind of nice to because, you know, we were still getting to know each other. We had a lot of great conversations and went out to parks a lot. He's the only guy I've ever dated who I really work out with -- which most people would be surprised at because he's in a wheelchair -- but he's more active than most people I know.
After being in a relationship for over a year, Smith said he knew Thompson was meant to be in his life forever.
He planned a proposal which would include the use of the exoskeleton suit -- made up of motorized leg braces -- allowing him to get down on one knee and pop the question. After sending Thompson off with her best friend to Dating paralyzed man a manicure, Smith made the final arrangements, waiting on the deck of his home in position while friends and family waited inside. Thompson said she was completely shocked to see Smith down on one knee after she took off her blindfold. It was very overwhelming but in a good way.
I wish we could do that more! Thompson said that meeting one another was meant to be, fueling her ambition to go to nursing school to help those who, like Smith, really needed it. The couple said they plan marry in October of next year and look forward to traveling more in the coming months.
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Paralyzed man uses exoskeleton suit to get down on knee to propose to girlfriend