A man renewed his vows with his wife of 37 after recovering from a near-fatal accident that erased half of his memories and made him think it was 1993.
Andrew and Kristy Mackenzie were leaving a family celebration for Father’s Day in Grottoes, Virginia, on June 19, when a driver ran through a stop sign and collided with his motorcycle.
When Andrew, 58, woke up in the emergency room, he thought it was 1993, and Kristy, 54, feared that the past 29 years of their lives would be lost to him forever.
“He knew me, but I saw him see through me,” she said People. “I’m telling you, that’s the scariest day of my life. When I saw him looking through me like that, I didn’t know how to get him back.’
Andrew and Kristy Mackenzie renewed their vows on August 29, weeks after they suffered a near-fatal motorcycle accident that temporarily robbed him of his memories
They were teenagers when they met in June 1984, and less than a year later tied the knot after he was stationed in Germany.
Kristy was just 16 when she met her future husband on a camping trip in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in June 1984, and they started dating a few months later.
Andrew, who was 19 at the time, was in the military and would come home to Harrisonburg on weekends while stationed at Fort Bragg.
When he heard that he was being sent to Germany, he knew he wasn’t ready to leave Kristy and proposed.
The couple said “I do” on March 31, 1985 — less than a year after they first met — and Kristy completed her senior year of high school at a military base in Europe.
In the early ’90s, they welcomed their daughters Lorelai, 31, and Amanda, 30, who are no stranger to their displays of affection.
“Our daughters say we’re dirty because wherever we go, I’ll kiss him or he’ll kiss me,” Kristy said. “We hold hands everywhere.”
Andrew, 58, and Kristy, 54, were thrown 60 feet in the air and suffered serious injuries after a driver blew through a stop sign and hit his motorcycle
When Andrew woke up in the emergency room, he thought it was 1993, and Kristy feared the past 29 years of their lives would be lost to him forever.
It was their unwavering love for each other that helped them endure the misfortune that nearly destroyed the life they had built together over the past three decades.
After the vehicle hit Andrew’s motorcycle, they were thrown about 60 feet into the air. He broke two T vertebrae in his back, his pelvic bone, his left shoulder blade, five ribs and his nose. He also suffered a concussion.
The father of two was flown to UVA University Hospital in Charlottesville, where he had emergency surgery for internal bleeding and two screws were placed in his hip.
Kristy, who had minor injuries, had broken her back, hip, seven ribs and left shoulder blade. She also had shoulder damage and a minor concussion.
When a nurse asked Andrew to say his name, and the year after he regained consciousness, he thought it was 1993.
Kristy begged to be placed in the same room as her husband, insisting that they should be near each other, and his memory began to come back
In August, he proposed to her on the beach during a family vacation in North Carolina, and two days later they renewed their vows in front of their children and grandchildren.
The couple went through some rough times during their marriage. Kristy suffered a stroke when she was 17, she lost her mother to breast cancer and Andrew battled prostate cancer in 2016, but she said the accident was the worst.
Kristy begged to be placed in the same room as her husband, and her request was eventually granted after his release from intensive care.
Andrew’s memory came back shortly after she moved into his room.
“Everything seemed to click,” she said. “I kept telling them he would be better as long as we were together. I said, “If you let us be together, he’ll get better.” And then it started to come around.’
After weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation, Andrew proposed to Kristy on the beach in late August during their family’s annual vacation to Outer Banks, North Carolina.
Two days later, their son-in-law conducted the ceremony as they renewed their vows in front of their children and grandchildren.
“I hope it shows others to love the way you mean it, and never give up on love or each other,” Kristy said of their experience.