Dr Oz: Paralyzed In Drunk Driving Accident
Dr. Oz said all girls dream of walking down the aisle at their wedding, and Gina was no exception. Dr. Oz said he wanted us to remember Gina the next time we feel like our dream will never come true.
Gina was an athlete, dancer, and tumbler who used to love her active life. But then six years ago, she made a decision that changed everything in a matter of seconds. She got into the car with a drunk driver and crashed, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Between her hospital stays and extensive rehabilitation, Gina has had to relearn how to be independent. Throughout it all, Gina had the same dream: to walk down the aisle at her wedding.
She spent more than three days a week for a year at extra physical therapy sessions, and then this past September, her dream became a reality. Gina walked down the aisle and married her husband John. Dr. Oz welcomed Gina and John to his show, and Gina walked out to sit down with Dr. Oz.
Dr Oz: Paralyzed Woman Walked Down Aisle At Wedding
Gina described the contraption she was wearing as “fantastic” and said it makes things a lot easier. Dr. Oz then wanted to know what it felt like for Gina to walk down the aisle. She said it was indescribable, and to do something that she took for granted for so many years, it was a “floating feeling.” She said she was also really trying not to fall.
Dr. Oz then said that since Gina was paralyzed and in a wheelchair for several years, he wanted to know what motivated her her to walk again. Gina shared that from day one, she knew that one day she would walk with her dad, because she’s the only daughter. She said it was something she knew it would happen, because there was no other way.
John said Gina is an amazing person and he was so excited for her. Gina said she’s been an avid tumbler her entire life and she still does that, but it’s “not as pretty as it used to be.” She said she does motivational speaking now, which gives her the feeling that tumbling used to. She said if she could just change one person’s thinking to keep them from getting into the car with someone who’s drunk, then her goal for life has been achieved.
Dr Oz: Is Age Just A Mindset?
Before the end of the show, Dr. Oz shared that he read an article in the New York Times Magazine that asked the question: “what is age is only a mindset?” Researchers found that when elderly people looked at pictures of themselves when they were young, and imagined what it would be like to be like that again, they performed better on physical and mental tests.
Dr. Oz then shared pictures by Zachary Scott that portrayed kids playing dress up as things like an old farmer in a field, or an old grandmother. Plus there was a hilarious picture of a kid dressed as an old man waiting in an old chair. Dr. Oz said the bottom line was: “Think young, act young. Our age shouldn’t define us. Our spirit shold always stay young as a child.”