Dana was Reeve's strongest pillar. Her love for him was true and divine.
Life cannot be controlled and many times, it throws curveballs at us. While we overcome some of it, others cannot be fixed. Dana Reeve, the wife of our favorite superman, Christopher Reeve fought many difficult challenges but when she lost Reeve, she was broken-hearted. After his death, Dana recalled Reeve's final moments.
According to CNN, Christopher Reeve bid farewell to the world on 10 October 2004. He died of heart failure at the Northern Westchester Hospital, just a day after falling into a coma.
His wife released a letter to his family, friends, and fans reflecting the days leading to his death. She wrote, "At only 52, it was far too soon. There was much he still wanted to accomplish. There was much his children had yet to learn from him. It is completely unfair, but life can be that way."
The devasted woman further went on to say how their lives were beautiful despite the accident that paralyzed her husband. In 1995, Reeve was thrown off a horse. His accident shattered his first and second vertebrae leaving him completely paralyzed from his neck down.
"These nine and a half years for our family have been blessed with joy, laughter, and lessons learned. Chris gave us all a precious gift by living the life he did, and despite the inherent difficulties of living with disability and illness on an ongoing basis -- or even, perhaps, because of the very nature of this life -- our family has remained happy, intact, focused, and deeply connected," wrote the grieving wife, according to CNN.
Dana, who stood by her husband from the day they met, remembered the final days she spent with him and their son, Will. "On Saturday, October 9th, Chris spent his last day of consciousness doing what he loved to do," said Dana, reminiscing a day before his loss.
She continued, "He left a long phone message for Senator John Kerry lending his support and encouragement; he attended one of Will's [Reeve's son] hockey games, cheering as they won a huge victory, bursting with pride as Will was presented with the game puck for his outstanding playing that day. He and I spent the early evening on the phone and then he watched the Yankee game with Will and gobbled up one of his favorite meals, turkey tettrazini."
Burdened by her husband's passing, Dana wrote, "Late that night, weakened by infection and the barrage of maladies which can accompany paralysis, his body failed him." And that's how he passed away...
When Reeve considered giving up his life after the accident, it was Dana, who reassured him with the confidence to live. She told him she was going to be there by his side until his death. "I am only going to say this once: I will support whatever you want to do because this is your life and your decision. But I want you to know that I’ll be with you for the long haul, no matter what. You’re still you. And I love you," said Dana to her beloved husband, according to This Is Glamorous. Those words became Reeve's motivation to live.
Reeve thrived under the care and love of his exceptional wife. The actor set up the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and Dana supported him in all his endeavors. When asked about her commitment to Reeve despite his disabilities, Dana said, "When it's actually the person you love, the person you know and there's no head injury, no brain damage. It's him. It's the essence of him, and that's what I said to him. I said, 'It's you,'" according to ABC News.
After his tragic demise, Dana headed her husband's foundation and made sure she completed the works he left unfinished. Looking back at her life with Reeve, the dedicated woman said, "I made a vow to Chris when we married that I would love him, and I would be with him, in sickness and in health, and I did OK with that. But there's another vow that I need to amend today. I promised to love, honor and cherish him till death do us part, well I can't do that. Because I will love, honor, and cherish him forever."
Dana and Reeve had a divine love story that makes you realize that true love does help push past hurdles.