Around this time last year, we told you about a paralyzed bride who learned to walk for her wedding, defying doctors’ expectations and drawing a beautiful, moving response from her husband on their wedding day. Now, we’re happy to report that bride Jaquie Goncher and her husband, Andy, are expecting their first child. Cue the confetti!
Goncher was declared paralyzed from the neck down after a swimming pool accident in 2008 shattered part of her vertebrae, with doctors declaring that she’d never walk again. But just a month after the accident, Jaquie felt some movement in her toes and dedicated herself to regaining her ability to walk.
“I walked on the treadmill at the slowest pace holding onto the sides and focused on not passing out. I would pull myself with my legs in my wheelchair around the gym,” she told BuzzFeed last year after her wedding. “Walking down the aisle felt like a dream. I felt accomplished and just so grateful and thankful.”
A year later, Jaquie is just about ready to give birth — any day now! — to a baby girl the couple plans to name Olive.
The photos from the couple’s maternity shoot with Love Stories Co. — who also shot their wedding and engagement — show an enamored pair ready to become parents.
Jaquie, too, looks positively radiant.
Paralyzed women can typically get pregnant and give birth as easily as non-paralyzed women; Jaquie’s doctors don’t expect any complications during labor or delivery, and Jaquie is hoping for a natural birth.
Congrats, Jaquie and Andy! We can’t wait to meet your little Olive.