Following an accident in 2008, doctors told Goncher the chances of her walking again were "slim." But on her wedding day, not only did she walk down the aisle, she also danced with her husband and stayed on her feet for four hours.
In 2008, Goncher visited a friend’s house to swim. After diving into the pool, she immediately knew something was wrong. As she floated face down in the pool she realized she couldn’t move.
At first, her friends thought she was joking and laughed, but they soon noticed something was wrong. They pulled her from the pool and called her mom. As her neck flopped around limply, Goncher blacked out. She had shattered her C5 vertebra and fractured her C2 and C3.
Even after surgery, her prognosis didn’t improve. Goncher was paralyzed from the chest down. When her mom asked the doctors if her daughter would walk again, the response wasn’t hopeful.
“The chances are too slim to even put a number on it,” the doctor said.
Following a swimming accident that left Jaquie Goncher paralyzed from the chest down, she struggled to participate in physical therapy because of low blood pressure. Over the years, she slowly gained more and more mobility.
Goncher had feeling in her legs, but she couldn’t move them. While in the hospital, she managed to bend her right leg. Yet, she struggled to participate in physical therapy; her blood pressure remained too low and she kept fainting.