Emergency medic Combs remembers his
plea, "If my wife's going to die, I want to be
When a nurse asked her what year it was three weeks after the
accident, Krickitt responded, "1969."
(Read Related : Touching Poems)
Tests soon showed that she had maintained most of
her long-term memory. As for her husband, he was a
complete stranger and she felt nothing for him.
Kim remembers comforting himself by saying, "This
isn't my wife; my wife is in this body, trapped and
trying to get out."
"I think she resented his pushing because at that point
she wasn't Krickitt," says her mother, Mary, adding that
the process of re-teaching her daughter the most basic tasks "was
like raising her again."
Making steady progress, Krickitt travelled with her
mother to visit Kim, and then returned on her own
to see him again.
Almost five months after the crash, she moved back in with him.
However, their life together was difficult. Her injuries had caused
deep emotional swings and left her quick-tempered. She was also
baffled by her re-entry into marriage.
(Read Related : Husband Quotes)
She tired easily and her emotions were jumbled. She
would laugh when she meant to cry and cry when she
meant to laugh.
She has slowly regained control of her life and returned
to work in August 1994. Nevertheless, a new personality
emerged - a blend of her old self with new, more outgoing
traits. (She is likely to have chronic lingering effects,
including short-term memory lapses and occasional
clumsiness.) It was difficult to make the marriage
This year on Valentine's Day, Kim proposed again.
By Thomas Fields-Meyer and Michael Haederle
Married to a Stranger Part 1 | 2
Share this love story with your friends!