Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The story behind the vow

The story behind the vow

You may have seen the movie ‘The Vow’, but did you know that it is based on a true story?

Just ten weeks after Krickitt carpenter’s wedding, she had a car accident, which put her into a coma for four months.

Kim (her husband) and Krickitt Carpenter had been driving from their home in Las Vegas to Phoenix, to visit Krickitt’s parents for Thanksgiving. Krickitt, who was in the driver’s seat, tried to swerve around a slow-moving lorry, when a truck following too closely on their tail hit the Carpenter’s car from behind, sending it rolling for a hundred feet and ripping off the roof. 

When she woke up she had no memory of the 2 years before the accident, she didn’t even know her own husband.

The head injuries Krickitt had sustained in the accident were so severe that at first she remembered nothing. She didn’t even remember how to dress herself, brush her teeth - not even how to walk. ‘But these skills were all stored in my long-term memory, so once I was shown how to do them in intensive therapy, they came flooding back,’ she says. 

Even now, 18 years later she still doesn’t remember those 2 years.

Even though she didn’t remember her husband she saw the movie of her wedding and one of her vows was “to stay together for good or for bad” so she stuck to her promise and fell back in love with her husband.

 Three years after the accident, Kim and Krickitt got married for a second time, to create for her fresh memories of their wedding day.

And they waited eleven years after the accident before they decided to have children.

The couple agree that seeing their story on the big screen still takes some getting used to. ‘It’s strange to think of our marriage being portrayed as a remarkable love story, when, for us, we just did what we said we would do - we kept our vows,’ says Kim. 

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