Bride-To-Be Paralyzed by Bachelorette Party Prank
Accident leaves Rachelle Friedman unable to walk, wed
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2010 3:59 PM CST
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(Newser) – A North Carolina woman was paralyzed after a bachelorette party prank, and the accident has left her unable to walk and to wed because of health insurance trouble. A month before she was to marry boyfriend Chris Chapman, Rachelle Friedman was partying with her girlfriends when they decided to take a dip in the pool. "My best friend—and she still is my best friend—she playfully pushed me in like we've done a million times," she tells ABC. "It was playful, but it went wrong," said Friedman, who hit her head on the pool bottom and suffered a C6 spinal cord injury.

Friedman's tragedy is further complicated by health insurance because she relies on Medicare to cover the cost of her care. If she were to marry Chapman, their combined income would disqualify her from the government program. Friedman and Chapman remain together and hope to marry someday. Click here for more.

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Nov 18, 2010 2:25 PM CST
At least she is legally allowed to get married.
Nov 17, 2010 11:42 PM CST
Never dive into water. period.
Nov 17, 2010 6:42 PM CST
Oh America. Only in the twisted confines of this capitalist paradise does utter crap like this occur!!