Britain's bravest bride and groom: Couple find each other at group for people with head injuries after both narrowly avoiding death
When Louise Jones suffered extensive head injuries in a terrible car accident, she thought it was the end for her dream of one day being a bride.
The 28-year-old was in a coma for two weeks after the horrific crash.
But she found love when she joined a support group for people with head injuries – and met Geraint Jones.
Against all odds: Louise and Geraint Jones were married after separately surviving life-changing incidents
Meant to be: The couple fell in love after both suffered horrific head injuries – she in a car accident and he after being beaten up on a night out
Mr Jones had suffered his injuries when he was beaten up on a night out with friends.
The couple, who both survived against all the odds, were married last June at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
Mrs Jones, a former carer, said: ‘When I had my accident I never thought I would ever meet anyone. My injuries meant that I was always dizzy and falling over. And I’d forgotten how to do simple tasks like ordering food in restaurants and buying things in shops.
‘But when I met Geraint we had so much in common – he was my soulmate.’
Mrs Jones’s accident happened in July 2007 when she was out for the evening with her sisters in Cardiff.
She had walked into the road without looking properly and been hit by a car, leaving her with a cracked jaw and hip as well as brain injuries.
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Conquering the pain: Mr Jones recovering in hospital with his two sisters
When she awoke from her coma, she was unable to walk and talk.
Mrs Jones said: ‘I was lucky to be alive. I needed a feeding tube as I couldn’t eat, and I couldn’t do anything. I had to learn to walk and talk all over again.’
She stayed in hospital for a month then was transferred to Rookwood Hospital in Llandaff for rehabilitation treatment. After five months she was finally allowed back home.
Six months later, in September 2008, she went to the Headway support group and met Mr Jones.
He had been attacked in 2004 by two men whilst he was walking a female friend home from a night out. He’d been repeatedly kicked in the head and left for dead, suffering terrible injuries including a broken jaw and serious brain damage.
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Mr Jones, 27, said: ‘I’d been so badly beaten that when my family came to see me in intensive care, they didn’t recognise me.
‘I spent months in hospital recovering, but I suffered from mood swings and terrible memory loss.’
The couple, who now do volunteer work, started dating and they married in June last year.
Mrs Jones said: ‘Our injuries do cause problems. Geraint gets fed up with my mood swings and I’m frustrated when he forgets something that we’ve only just talked about.
‘But we are soulmates, and I never thought I’d ever be a bride after my accident. Our wedding day was the most perfect day, there wasn’t a dry eye amongst the congregation as they both knew what we had been through.
‘Meeting Geraint has completely changed my life, and although things are tough sometimes we wouldn’t change our injuries for the world. What happened to us brought us together and we wouldn’t change a thing.’
For more information on brain injuries go to www.headway.org.uk