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Couple share first dance after tragic accident

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A local couple celebrated a huge milestone Thursday after a nearly-fatal car accident.

In December 2009, Joel Jackson was in a car accident and was terribly injured with an internal separation of his head from his spine.

That kind of injury is usually fatal, but miraculously, Joel survived. Thursday, he shared his first dance, since the wreck with his wife, Lauren.

The two had been life-long friends and married in September 2013. Joel spent 87 days in the hospital and was given a very grim prognosis. He was told he would spend the rest of his life either in bed or in a wheelchair.

During a routine therapy session at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, he stood with the help of a harness and zero gravity machine and danced with his wife for the first time since the accident.