Kevin Taylor’s world turned upside down sixteen years ago. When he broke his leg, things took a surprising turn. While most people just get their leg set in a cast and wait a long time for it to heal, Kevin had an unexpected problem to deal with after the break. He developed a rare nerve disorder called Reflex Sympathetic Syndrome (RSD), which caused severe, burning pain that left him debilitated.
RSD is a type of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), according to the New York State Department of Health. Sprains, breaks, surgery, and bone fractures trigger RSD. Besides that, researchers and doctors do not know what causes RSD. And right now they do not have a cure to offer to sufferers of the horrendous condition that changes a person’s life.
Because Kevin was young when he got the diagnosis, he thought he was invincible and would be able to get past it. But life proved to be harder than that.
“I didn’t really think much about it. I’m strong,” he told KJTV. But RSD broke Kevin down over the following months, proving that it was more formidable than he ever expected.
Not long after that, doctors took Kevin aside and told him the bad news. This was the worst case of RSD they had seen throughout their careers. They hardly knew what to do about it. All they told him was that he had to come into the hospital for 30 days of extended stay so they could monitor him and help him deal with the pain.
With no more solutions before them, doctors amputated Kevin’s leg. This helped get rid of the excruciating pain, but it also left Kevin stuck in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Given the level of pain, he was dealing with from the RSD, Kevin preferred the wheelchair option.
“The way I look at it is it could always be worse,” he said. But Kevin had always been a strong, virile, young man. Now that he was stuck in a wheelchair, he felt different and alone.
But in October 2012, his life changed again. He met Kim Didway, and she was able to look past his handicap.
“The first time I saw her, it was love at first sight.”
He considers her to be the “most amazing human being” and decided to make her his own, so he proposed marriage. She agreed to take his hand and join lives forever.
Although Kim did not know it, Kevin had a plan for their wedding day.
“Whenever the preacher says, ‘Everybody, please stand,’ I’m going to stand up. I’m going to walk to her. I’m going to make it the best day of her life.”
In the heartwarming video, watch as Kevin proves his love to Kim by doing the impossible. He takes his first steps since the amputation in front of all his loved ones because Kim inspired him to be the best man he could.
She never saw it coming.
What do you make of this inspiring moment between husband and wife?