CHAPEL HILL — Most couples use Valentine's Day as a way to express exactly how they feel with flowers and candy. But one couple is not exchanging any gifts this year. A terrible accident has already shown them what love is really about.
"I knew from the start he had a huge heart," says Cindy Nunn of her husband Michael.
"I knew when I spoke to her. I could feel it. That's the truth," says Michael Nunn of falling in love with his wife Cindy.
It was love at first sight six years ago for Michael and Cindy Nunn. The high school sweethearts later became husband and wife.
But this year, on the night of January 14, their lives changed forever.
"I didn't know if he was going to make it through the night. I was terrified," says Cindy.
"I don't remember the wreck. I don't know how I got hurt," remembers Michael.
That night, the pickup truck Michael was riding in crashed on Highway 401 in Wake County. He was flown to UNC Hospitals where he fought for his life
"I remember her talking to me and whispering to me. Her love and strength kept me going in the ICU," says Michael, who is now fighting to walk again. "She helps feed me, she's just wonderful. She does everything."
This Valentine's Day will be different for the couple.
"I used to take her to dinner. This year I don't know what I'll do for her," says Michael.
Just as she has been for the last month, Cindy will be by Michael's side, holding his hand.
"I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. It wouldn't be any other way," she says.
Michael cannot feel anything from the neck down. But right now, the 24-year-old man says he is able to feel what is in his heart stronger than ever before.
"It's really opened my eyes. There's no doubt anymore about anything," he says. "You always wonder, will she love me if this happens? Will she be there? I know she'll be the one with me forever."
Michael Nunn will soon start physical therapy atWakeMedto work to regain his strength. He plans to go back to work as soon as possible.