NC woman to marry 1 year after paralyzing accident

By MARTHA WAGGONER | July 18, 2011 | 5:14 AM EDT

In this June 30, 2011 photo, Rachelle Friedman looks in the mirror during the fitting for her wedding dress in Raleigh, N.C. Friedman was left paralyzed after a swimming pool accident that postponed her wedding plans. Now, she is all set to commence with those plans. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina woman whose wedding was put on hold last year when an accident at a pool left her paralyzed her is getting married this week.

Twenty-five-year-old Rachelle Friedman of Knightdale will exchange vows with Chris Chapman on Friday at The Fearrington House in Pittsboro. Friedman and the middle-school teacher originally were supposed to marry last June, but that was delayed when a friend pushed her in a pool.

Friedman hit the bottom awkwardly, and the accident made her a quadriplegic. They both say they never considered the possibility of not marrying.

And she's also still friends with the woman who pushed her, who's a bridesmaid. Friedman has steadfastly refused to name the woman, saying the friend is suffering more than she is.