When Coast Guard rescue swimmer Dave Riley lost all four limbs to a rare bacteria in 1997, his wife, Yvonne, gave up her career and freedom to become his full-time caregiver.
He said he wouldn’t be able to survive without her help, even for everyday tasks like eating, putting on his prosthetics and traveling outside the home.
“For the last 20 years, she has sacrificed so much so I can lead a high-quality life,” he said. “And largely, she has done so without outside support.
“It is virtually impossible for me to take Yvonne for granted, but I feel like the system does.”
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