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Bognor man paralyzed in crash attends brother’s wedding in London

A MAN who was left paralyzed from the neck down after a motorcycle accident has defied the odds to attend his brother’s wedding.

Marcus Wodehouse, of Bognor, was knocked off his motorbike by a van four years ago. He was left completely paralyzed from the neck down and needed full-time care.

But with the support of his wife Deborah and her healthcare team, the 64-year-old was able to attend his brother James’ wedding at the Oxo Tower in London.

Marcus said: “Being able to attend my brother’s wedding is a moment I will never forget.

“I was able to lose myself in the joy of the day, without having to worry about anything.

“I fully anticipated some unexpected setbacks along the way, but I can confidently say there were none.

“This trip took months of planning and seeing the smile on my brother’s face when he finally got married is a moment I will cherish forever.

“Putting on my cheerful rags for the first time in a long time made me feel human again.”

Newly married James said he was “incredibly grateful” to Marcus and his care team for making his presence at the wedding possible.

He said: “My wife Angela and I have been together for years, but Marc’s accident made us realize how fragile life is and how lucky we are to have each other, and we wanted to celebrate. this with our friends and family.

“So it meant a lot to us that Marc could be there, and also speak at the ceremony and be part of the reception.

“It was a truly wonderful day and we are delighted that Marc shared it with us.

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who made this possible.”

Marcus, who now lives in Barnham, was diagnosed with C2 quadriplegia, a rare spinal injury after the crash and requires full-time care.

CHD Care at home, the home care arm of CHD Living, accompanied Marcus to his brother’s wedding.

The team worked closely with Marcus’ wife, Deborah, a retired community nurse, to ensure he was cared for throughout the day.