Paraplegic Vet Makes Dream Come True

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Shortly after returning from a year of duty in Afghanistan, Joey says he sought the adrenaline rush of combat and bought a motorcycle. He says he was driving too fast down a winding road, when he lost control of the bike and hit a mailbox while going almost 50 miles per hour.

"When I hit the ground, my calf muscles were touching above my left shoulder," he says.

Joey had severed his spinal cord. He recalls his mother walking into his hospital room and telling him he'd never be able to walk again.

By his side at the hospital and during his rehab was Michelle, whom he had met two months earlier.

Less than a year after the accident, the two were engaged.

When the couple was looking at the venue for their reception, Joey noticed the strong beams across the ceiling and started to devise a plan to surprise his wife on their wedding day.

"My plan was just to be standing there with my wife eye to eye for the first time in two years," he says.

He rigged a climbing harness from the beams, so he could stand for their first dance.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the room," he recalls. "The first dance. It was phenomenal."

Joey and Michelle join The Doctors, and Joey says he's dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Afghanistan and the motorcycle accident. The Doctors have a big surprise of their own for the couple:

  • Dr. Eugene Lipov with Hope for PTSD offers an injection to help treat Joey's PTSD.
  • TiLite will provide a custom wheelchair.
  • ReWalk Robotics will assess whether Joey is a candidate for their exoskeleton, which could help him stand up.

"I thought you looked really good standing up," Dr. Travis says.

Update: Joey Gets Groundbreaking Treatment for PTSD

When Joey, a veteran paralyzed in a motorcycle accident shortly after returning from serving in Afghanistan, first appeared on The Doctors, he revealed that he suffered from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The Doctors offered Joey the opportunity to see Dr. Eugene Lipov, who has been using a stellate ganglion block injection to help treat PTSD. Learn more about the treatment and follow Joey as he visits Dr. Lipov for the injection: