MIRACLE man Scott Preece says he has everything to live for after marrying the girl of his dreams.
Chelsea Preece, 32, was by his side as he fought to regain the use of his legs after an horrendous crash which left him wheelchair-bound.
It was 1998 when Scott, a player with Nantwich Town FC and Willaston White Star FC, suffered terrible injuries in a crash with a refuse wagon just minutes away from his home in Oak Tree Drive, Crewe.
Told he would never walk or talk again, he confounded doctors by doing both.
But it was a long and painful struggle supported by Chelsea Garnett, the girl he met while trying to regain his strength through exercise at the Camm Street Gym in Crewe where she worked as manager.
Five years on, the couple, of Chater Drive in Stapeley, have a son, Kohl, 23 months, and a baby girl, Isabella, nine months, and are looking forward to their honeymoon in Jamaica.
Scot, 31, said: 'My legs are still quite dodgy and often I will lose my balance when walking round.
'People who don't know me think I am drunk when they see me fall down, but Chelsea is always there to help me up.
'My head injury still plays me up. The short-term memory is frustrating. I can get into town and then completely forget why I went. Chelsea's at the end of the phone to remind me. She is my rock and I am probably the luckiest man alive, not only to be here but to have such a great girl by my side.'
The pair married at Nantwich Parish Church but all didn't go smoothly. The vintage wedding car broke town, leaving Chelsea - now half an hour late - to hitch a lift in another relative's car.
She said: 'Scott thought I was being fashionably late and just laughed when he heard the tale.
'His balance is still poor and he gets so tired, he has to sleep in the day. But he's a strong minded man and I know he will get to where he wants to be. He's lovely looking, with a big heart and a great dad.
'When doctors thought his life was over, he was given a second chance and has an outlook on life like no other man.'
Although Scott cannot work, he completed a carpentry course at South Cheshire College to help regain use of his right arm. With lecturer Tony Griffiths, he now helps to coach special needs students in wordwork.