This is amazing...Rachelle Friedman Chapman was paralyzed just before getting married....and was worried that medication that she now has to take would affect the baby. A friend came forward to be a surrogate for Rachelle and her husband and they are now planning their first baby
“As soon as I hit the water, I felt my body kind of stiffen up. I went numb and I kind of heard a crack in my neck,” she told TODAY.
Rachelle, also known as the paralyzed bride, suffered a C6 spinal cord injury when her head hit the bottom of the pool, losing all feeling from the collarbone down. Doctors say she will never walk again.
She and her friends have vowed to never reveal the name of the friend who pushed her.
"It wouldn’t have been possible without her, because surrogacy is astronomically expensive," Rachelle said. "For her to step forward, it's amazing."
It can cost $40,000 or more to pay a woman to carry a baby, according to experts.
Rachelle plans to receive a 10-day IVF treatment in Los Angeles this week. On day 13, the doctors will retrieve her eggs to fertilize. In August, she will return with her friend, when the friend will receive the fertilized egg.
"Hopefully, she'll be pregnant in August," Rachelle said.
Both women live in North Carolina, about four hours apart, so Rachelle will have a chance to see her friend as the baby grows.