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Bride Whose Joints Constantly Dislocate Walks Down Aisle

Natalie Allan has rare genetic disease
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2014 10:44 AM CST

(Newser) – Natalie Allan lives with a disease that causes her joints to dislocate up to 300 times in a single day, and she normally uses a wheelchair. "Just a sneeze can pop out a rib, a shoulder, finger or knee," says the Scottish 24-year-old; she also suffers from seizures. But on her wedding day, she was determined to walk down the aisle—and she pulled it off, the Daily Record reports. "It did cause me great discomfort and I did end up saying my vows with two dislocated knees, but it was completely worth it," Allan says of the day she married Shaun Marshall.

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Allan's genetic condition is known as 7A Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or EDS, and she's believed to be the only person in the UK to have it. But when Marshall proposed to her, "I promised myself I wouldn't be relying on my chair on the day and would walk down the aisle to be his wife." After the pair said their vows, Shaun helped reset her joints—something he does regularly as her full-time carer, the Record notes. "Shaun calls me his real-life Humpty Dumpty and puts me back together again," Allan says. As for the rest of the wedding, "we had a wonderful day and it meant the world to me that I got the man and wedding of my dreams." (Last month saw a paralyzed groom make his way down the aisle.)

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