Good News: Paralyzed Woman to Become Mom After Friend Volunteers to be Surrogate

After Rachelle Friedman was permanently paralyzed after being pushed into a swimming pool by a friend at her 2010 bachelorette party, she refused to let her physical changes get in the way of her dreams. But there was one dream that proved to be a challenge for the woman who had become known through international media coverage as “the paralyzed bride.” Although she was physically able to carry a child to term, doing so meant she would have to stop taking important medications or risk injuring her fetus. So Friedman, now 28, and her husband of three years, Chris Chapman, 31, made the decision to pursue surrogacy, and help came via a familiar face – a college friend who offered to be their gestational carrier. Click here for more on this couple’s journey through surrogacy!