We’ll all have to face difficulty at some point. While many people recover completely, some still have a long way to go.
Riona Kelly, a 37-year-old mother of 4, went through two terrible things in 2015. While the other tormented her mind, the first hurt her body.
Riona suffered a stroke, paralyzing her from the waist down, but that heartbreaking realization that she would never be able to walk again wasn’t what finally broke her.
Eight years ago, Riona Kelly suffered a stroke that significantly impacted her life.
Doctors warned the mother of four and schoolteacher that she might never walk again, forcing her to face her greatest challenge.
In 2017, Riona revealed to The Mirror that she “suffered a car accident 18 months prior,” which may have contributed to her spinal problems.
The mother’s determination to get her life in order and support her children ultimately resulted in her going back to work.
The man she expected to be there for her in her hour of need let her down and left her. Five days after being admitted to the hospital, her 14-year-old spouse filed for divorce.
Riona yearned to give up as she lay in her hospital bed, wracked with despair. How would she support her four children if she could no longer care for herself?
“After my husband abandoned me in the hospital, my friend Sarah took over as my next of kin, and she and the kids helped me through my recuperation. We had established a life together and obligations, but looking back, I was dissatisfied in my marriage, Riona admitted to The Mirror.
Her ex-husband Richard asserts that he intended to be divorced the day before Riona suffered a stroke and was rendered immobile from the neck down.
Although Riona’s rehabilitation took a while, the doctors were optimistic that she would eventually be able to use her legs again.
Numerous times, she came close to giving up, but she persisted.
“I loathed it and hated myself the first time I went out in a wheelchair because I thought everyone was staring at me. I didn’t want to live any longer, therefore if someone had given me the option, I would have taken my own life. Riona said.
Riona’s personal trainer during her arduous recuperation process, which included hundreds of hours of physiotherapy, was Keith Mason, a former rugby league player and athlete.
They clicked right away and began spending lots of time together. Riona and Keith rapidly grew close because Keith would frequently check in with her to see how she was doing.
Riona started dating after reaching her lowest point and eventually fell in love with one of her therapists. Keith was a favorite of her kids as well, and they all rejoiced when he joined the family.
Before being discharged from the hospital, Riona was there for four months.
With Keith’s help and plenty of physical treatment, she was able to regain some mobility in her legs, although she still requires a wheelchair for long distances.
After her stroke, Riona completed several marathons with the aid of Keith and her wheelchair.
Riona is now able to walk normally, however she still regularly uses a customized artificial intelligence frame she created for her legs.
Throughout the COVID lockdowns, Keith Mason and Riona Kelly uplifted millions of people by posting updates on her recovery journey on social media.
The mother serves as motivation to persevere in the face of adversity. In regards to her and Keith, the doctors were in error.
Riona’s AI-enhanced bionic legs were the first ever made, and just a few months prior, the idea of the two of us spending hours strolling hand in hand through York City was unthinkable. Thank God for inventors, innovation, and visionaries who made them possible.
Unfortunately, it appears that Mason and Riona’s relationship has deteriorated.
Mason hasn’t added any pictures of Riona in 2023, but he also hasn’t taken any down. Riona appears to have removed her previously active social media profiles, nevertheless.
We hope they are both in good health and are able to proceed to bigger and better things elsewhere. We are grateful for being a part of their amazing voyage together.
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