Viral Photo: Wife Carries Double-Amputee Husband On Her Back
Here's your feel-good photo of the day: A woman giving her husband a piggyback ride. He just happens to be a double amputee who lost his legs in Afghanistan.
Jesse Cottle, 28, is a Marine whose legs were amputated after stepping on an IED in 2009. He doesn't regret the loss of his legs, as he tells ABC News, because if he hadn't been getting used to his new prosthetics at a San Diego swim meet, he never would have met his future wife, Kelly, 24, whom he marred in August of last year.
The photo that's since gotten more than 9,000 likes and been shared more than 1500 times on Facebook, was taken in Boise, Idaho where they were visiting Kelly's family and decided to have a family portrait taken.
"Someone had suggested taking photos in the water," said Kelly. "I was carrying Jesse back to his legs, and the photographer was like, 'Oh we'll get a couple of shots of you together.' It wasn't planned or anything."
"The photo really says it all," says Jesse Cottle "I actually look at it very much as a symbol for our whole relationship in general. She's physically carrying me, but there's times where she's carrying me emotionally. It's a perfect representation of who Kelly is."
The photographer, Sarah Ledford, posted the picture to her Facebook page, where it's drawn hundreds of comments thanking Cottle for his service.
"It's an amazingly inspiring story that has touched the lives of many Americans," Ledford told ABC News. "Jesse is not a hero for stepping on an IED, he's a hero because of the way he has handled what was handed to him and how he chooses to continue to conduct his life with his positive attitude."