See the Emotional Moment a Paralyzed Groom Dances with His Bride at Their Wedding

Kent Stephenson, 28, was training for his first professional motocross race in June 2009 when his bike locked up while launching from an 80-foot "tabletop" jump.

Persone Dances, June
Luoghi Kentucky, Texas, Louisville
Organizzazioni Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Frazier Rehab Institute
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23/mar/2016 03:05:15 myways Contatta l'autore

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A couple's first dance at their wedding is a big deal. For one Texas couple, it was a bigger deal than most of us can imagine.

Kent Stephenson, 28, was training for his first professional motocross race in June 2009 when his bike locked up while launching from an 80-foot "tabletop" jump. When he and the bike came to rest, Stephenson was paralyzed from the chest down, the result of an injury to two vertebrae in his thoracic spine.

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A little over a year later, he enrolled in a clinical trial at the Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Researchers implanted a device called an epidural stimulator in his spinal column – the device works to replace the brain signals that stimulate movement, signals that no longer occur in paralyzed patients – that provided results during Stephenson's first test with the device. (Stephenson was the second person to undergo this procedure, according to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.)

"Everyone in the room was like, 'Holy c---,'" Stephenson told Fox News of the moment he pulled his leg back for the first time with the device's help. "It was mind blowing."

Fast forward to this year, when Stephenson married Misti Richeson, 26, on March 12. Nearly six years after his accident, Stephenson was able to remain on his feet with the aid of a special stand long enough for the ceremony and a first dance.

"Everybody was crying, everything went silent but all you could hear is people crying," wedding photographer Allix Ruby told ABC News.

"From day one, I always said I was going to walk again, and I still say that now,"Stephenson told Fox News, "and it's kind of crazy to look back because everyone looked at me plain in the face and said, 'You have a good attitude,' and said, 'You messed your back up, and it's not gonna happen.' "

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