Things seemed to be going Garrett Fitzgerald's way: The 30-year-old had a career as a U.S. Secret Service agent, had gotten engaged to his girlfriend, Joan Lyall, and had moved with her to Boston to start a new chapter of their lives. But tragedy struck during a New Hampshire security detail on December 29, when Fitzgerald was one of four agents involved in a frightening head-on collision that left the driver of the other car dead.
Luckily, FitzGerald survived the accident, but he sustained spinal cord injuries that left him unable to feel or move below his shoulders and remains in intensive care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Though he's reportedly in good spirits as he begins the long road to rehabilitation, his recovery got a big boost recently when a very special moment took place right in his hospital room.
Garrett FitzGerald, injured two weeks ago in a New Hampshire crash with three other Secret Service agents, married his fiance Joan Lyall in his hospital room Saturday at Mass. General Hospital.Posted by WBZ NewsRadio on Monday, January 11, 2016
Garrett FitzGerald, injured two weeks ago in a New Hampshire crash with three other Secret Service agents, married his fiance Joan Lyall in his hospital room Saturday at Mass. General Hospital.
In the presence of a few close friends and family members--and with their extended group of loved ones from around the world watching via a live video stream--Fitzgerald and Lyall tied the knot in an emotional ceremony this past Saturday. The couple had previously been planning a March wedding, but the vows were moved up “given the circumstances around the accident and Garrett’s impending intense rehabilitation schedule,” according to one of his best men, Rob Freed.
I wish him well and hoping for his full recovery....Posted by Bob Francoeur on Saturday, January 9, 2016
I wish him well and hoping for his full recovery....
“There was not a dry eye in his ICU room as family from all over the world video streamed the ceremony live,” Freed wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to support the couple through the recovery process. “Cheers to Garrett and Joan and a lifetime of memories, happiness and smiles together.”
We wish FitzGerald lots of strength and courage in the months ahead. With his committed, loving wife now by his side forever, we know he'll accomplish great things.
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