On January 22, 2015, Ethan Menges was rushed to the hospital when he collapsed while leaving a Chicago Bulls game. A flu-like virus in his body developed into walking pneumonia. It infected his lungs and bloodstream, and as a result, all of his limbs were amputated due to poor blood circulation.
Ethan underwent months of intensive rehabilitation and physical therapy, with his family and friends by his side every step of the way. He also trained to use his prostheses. His final hospital stay was at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), and it was in this very place where he proposed to his now-wife, Jordan Mathieu, who was by his side from the moment he became ill.
Getting ready for wedding bells
Fast-forward 5 months since the proposal, the newly-wed couple are now looking forward to starting their future lives together. Looking back at their relationship during the past few months, Ethan muses over their unconventional dates and the way their relationship progressed at his bedside.
“That means more than the world to me, because I know she’ll always be there. She’s been there though that, I’d have to really screw something up.”
The intimate ceremony was celebrated amongst family and friends, who were all proud to share this beautiful memory with Ethan and Jordan. “A year and a half ago, the doctors were wanting us to plan his funeral,” says Ethan’s sister, Brittney. “Now, we’re at his wedding.”
Ethan’s father, Ron, is similarly moved to be able to witness this joyous moment in his son’s life. “It’s great to still have him with me. I mean, it’s just a beautiful moment today,” he says. “This time last year, I didn’t think I’d have my son and now I have a daughter-in-law.”
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