Wife ditched after stroke finds new love
A WOMAN whose husband left her after she was left paralysed has found love again.
Doctors warned Riona Kelly that she may never walk again after suffering a stroke - but she's made an incredible recovery thanks to her personal trainer boyfriend, The Sun reports.
The 37-year-old from Halifax, Yorkshire, was rushed to hospital in March, 2015, after she was struck with a spinal stroke that left her paralysed from the waist down.
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Just five days into her hospital stay, Riona claims that her husband decided that their marriage was over.
The pair were also supporting their four children, Leighanra, 16, Caleb, 11, Izabela, nine and Logan, five.
Riona remembered: "After my husband left me in hospital, my friend, Sarah, became my next of kin, it was her and the children that supported me during my recovery.
"Looking back I was miserable in my marriage, but we had built a life together and had responsibilities.
"It was the time I needed my husband the most."
After six weeks, Riona was still unable to move her legs and medical professionals warned her that she may never recover.
Riona explained: "It was at this point that doctors told me I would never walk again.
"I'd had a car accident 18 months previous and they said that could have caused problems in my spine."
Adjusting to life in a wheelchair was difficult for the mum, especially without her husband by her side.
She said: "The first time I went out in a wheelchair I thought everyone was looking at me, I hated it and hated myself.
"If someone had given me the choice I would have ended my life, I didn't want to live anymore."
Miraculously, after hours of physiotherapy, Riona was finally able to take her first steps on the parallel bar.
During her recovery, Riona met personal trainer Keith Mason, 35.
After working through physiotherapy sessions together, the pair soon fell for each other.
Riona remembered: "After suffering a stroke not only did I have to deal with paralysis but I had to deal with losing my partner of 14 years.
"After our sessions Keith and I stayed in contact, he would ask me how I was getting on and our relationship blossomed from there.
"We have now been together for 11 months, the children really like him and I finally feel like I'm living the life I deserve."
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Riona has since completed two marathons with the help of her wheelchair and can now walk without assistance.
Riona's ex-husband, Richard, responded: "I told Riona I wanted a divorce the morning before her stroke, not whilst she was in hospital.
"Whilst she was in hospital I visited as much as I could of an evening, I had to take care of the children, look after the house and run a business.
"I lived in the house with Riona and the kids until last June before I eventually moved out, and we have now both moved on."
This story was originally published in The Sun and is reproduced here with their permission.