On a beautiful day in June, Tunicia and Raleigh Hall tied the knot. One month later, the newlywed bride’s memory was wiped clean of all memories from their special day.
According to Pix 11, Tunicia, 43, began to suffer from what she described as the worst headache of her life.
“My head started hurting tremendously,” she recalled. “I don’t even have the words to describe it.”
By the time she was taken to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, Tunicia didn’t even know what year it was or how old she was. Raleigh, 50, knew that things were serious when his new wife turned to him and asked, “Are we married?”
As it turns out, Tunicia suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, with the trauma from the hemorrhage wiping out nearly all of her recent memory—including her wedding day.
“They said she had a 50/50 chance,” Raleigh told reporters Tuesday. “They looked at the CAT scan and their faces worried me, so then I said I gotta do something.”
“I felt like I lost her,” he emotionally admitted.
Initially, Raleigh was hoping that Tunicia’s memory would come back on its own, but after two days with no significant change in her condition, he decided to take action. He created a collage of photos from their wedding day on the walls of her hospital room as she fought for recovery. Amazingly, doctors says that the photos seemed to do the trick.
“I just know I was laying in the room looking around, looking at the pictures,” Tunicia shared.
“As nurses were coming in and visitors were coming in, they started reflecting the love we shared,” Raleigh added. “So then what happened then, Tunicia started reflecting that same thing that they were reflecting and she didn’t know why she was smiling but she saw something and I believe it was hope that she saw.”
Tunicia’s recovery was indeed a miracle and her doctors are crediting the power of family.
“It’s not just medical science that’s bringing patients back,” explained Dr. Richard Temes, Director at the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore LIJ. “Patients’ families are such an important key in terms of neurological recovery and this is a great example of that.”
On the day of the press conference, which fell pretty close to the Queens couple’s wedding anniversary, “American Idol” contestant Ian Holmes serenaded them.
“With his love and God’s grace I’m here,” Tunicia expressed.
With all of the negative news surrounding couples this week, this heartwarming story should serve as a sweet reminder that true love does exist.