Bride paralysed by bridesmaid at her own bachelorette party reveals: ‘She all always be one of my closest friends’

Rachelle Friedman was at her bachelorette party in 2010, when one of her bridesmaids pushed her into the pool as a joke. Tragically, Rachelle fell into the shallow end and broke her neck - paralysing her.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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And now the 28-year-old has spoken out to tell the world that she has forgiven her close friend that jokingly pushed her into the pool and changed her world forever.

But not only has Rachelle forgiven her friend, she also feels incredible compassion for her - refusing even to tell the press the name of the person who pushed her.

Because she 'will likely carry some level of guilt with her for the rest of her life.'

A picture from the night of the bachelorette party, Rachelle Friedman Twitter

In fact, she was so concerned for her friend's welfare that she refused to involve her friend in any of the interviews she gave in the wake of the accident.

'I knew every time my friend saw the story on TV or online, it would be really difficult for her. Every time, it would basically force her to relive the accident again and again.'

Rachelle on her wedding day

Rachelle said she was also surprised at how people were so quick to judge the friend, and blame Friedman's current situation on her foolishness.

'I've pushed her in the pool dozens of times. How easily could our roles have been reversed?'

'An accident alone doesn't determine someone's character. It's how they respond to that accident in the aftermath.'

Rachelle and her husband Chris are now raising money so that they can try for a baby - which Rachelle will have to have via a surrogate.

But the 28-year-old won't be praised for not outing her friend, simply saying: 'You don't go around praising people for making the honourable decision not to rob a bank. It's clearly something you shouldn't be doing.'

'With that decision I keep my dignity, my honour - and just as important to me, my friend.'

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