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Paraplegic veteran surprises bride with wheelchair-free dance

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FISHERS, IN (KTVI)- Sgt. Joe Johnson, who served in Afghanistan, pulled off a wedding surprise his wife, Michelle, will never forget.

He joined her for their first dance without a wheelchair!

According to WXIN, Joe, 27, suffered a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident shortly after returning from overseas. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Afghanistan and rode motorcycles for the rush.

Joe says he was going too fast on a curvy road. His sunglasses blew off and he wasn't wearing a helmet.

He is paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair. Joe says Michelle was a huge support system for him.

He says that she was there from day one to 100 and never left his side. He added that he couldn’t think of anyone else that he wanted to be with.

Soon after, the couple was engaged!

Michelle, who is a wedding planner in Fishers, planned their whole wedding, but there was one special surprise she didn’t know about when they tied the knot in June.

Joe and his friends created a harness that would allow him to stand for their first dance.

Michelle still gets goosebumps thinking about it.

Jennifer Davis, the LinneaLiz photographer who snapped photos of the dance, said the bride couldn’t believe what she saw.

Everyone was in tears.

Davis says the dance was a beautiful moment to not only capture but to experience.

Their wedding was back in June, but the video of their special moment is getting noticed now after the couple did a recent interview on a national news show.