Susan moved from her hometown in India to New Zealand last year. Lateral job promotion provided her with an opportunity to move out and explore a new country. The initial excitement turned sour when she started missing her home, friends, younger sister, and mother.
To keep herself busy after office hours, she picked up a few online courses but that was just a temporary solution. Soon the courses got over, she was lonely again, and terribly homesick. This also affected her productivity at the office, which she recently got reprimanded about.
In order to distract herself, she started searching for a sustainable option that will keep her busy, and also happy. The coral reef cultivating farm nearby was open for volunteers. She applied for a conservation job which involved in nursing the floating coral-nursery.
She found few people like her, occupied in a full-time job but working at the farm to keep themselves busy. There she met a man called Korri, an investment banker from Philippines. They instantly established a connection and started developing feelings for each other.
During one of the snorkeling sessions, Korri was cleaning reef pods from algae, debris, and plaque when a jellyfish’s venomous tentacles accidentally touched his arms. He felt excruciating pain and began losing consciousness. Others pulled him out from the ocean and called for paramedics’ help.
Susan was heartbroken after learning about the accident, she rushed to the hospital. Doctors informed her about the damage, Korri may lose his left arm or the worst-case scenario hemiplegia, one arm and one leg paralysis. She was devastated, they just began dating and such a tragedy occurred.
On meeting Korri she didn’t show her fear, nor admitted defeat. It was moment of truth for both of them, he suffered hemiplegia and both limbs on his left side lost functionality.
Korri has tried his level best to persuade Susan to leave him and carry on with her life. But she isn’t among those who give up without a fight.
They accepted life how it represented itself, one step at a time. Eventually, with the best medical care and the unconditional love of Susan, he gained a 40% movement in his limbs. One year later, the two decided to make it official by signing on the legal documents.
The post is written as part of #A2ZChallenge & #BlogchatterA2Z. To read the previous post, please click here. My theme this year is Short Love Stories.
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