Bride Who Survived Brutal Attack Walks Down the Aisle

Bridget Kelly overcomes tragic past, looks to a brighter future.
3:16 | 07/27/12

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Finally, our person of the week. Ten years ago, she met someone under unusual and heart-breaking circumstance. Beginning a remarkable and healing journey, one that inspired so many people along the way and does still, today. It's the walk down the aisle of which every bride and her father dreams. But this walk for this bride, steps in a journy from the depths of darkness. ♪ that's because ten years ago, the bride, bridget kelly, was nearly broken by violent An attacker took her to an empty field. I got down on the ground, and he raped me. Next he told me to get up, and i did. He sort of gestured, indicated where he wanted me to stand. So I was standing with my back to him. Reporter: He would shoot her three times, leaving her for dead. But bringet made did 00 yards to a neighbor's home. After six hours of surgery, her life was saved. With her father constantly by her side. I heard her say, she felt she had been lifted up by god. I said where was god ten minutes earlier? Somewhat bitterly. And she said, very calmly, he was there holding my mind. My name's bridget. Her wounds would heal and again she rose, speaking out about what had happened to her, showing us that she was not ashamed. That a victim of rape need not be a victim at all. And need never live in fear. Abc news covered her courageous story and that's when she met a young producer named eric strauss. One I was things I was first impressed with bridget after working on her story, was how she had been through so much. I think a lot of people would have just given up. A friendship began and then a relationship grew. Love and life, slowly eclipsing the horrors of her past. Early on I had a lot of fear and anxiety and sadness about what happened. But I always looked forward, knowing that happy times are ahead. Reporter: And they were. a lot of people are like, oh, it's such a happy ending. And I think bridge and I want everyone to know it's a happy beginning for us. ♪ Reporter: A dance for a married couple. And then one with her father, to a song chosen by his daughter. ♪ I can see clearly now ♪ ♪ the rain is gone ♪ I knew that would be special for me and my dad, especially because we had been through dark times together, and this was just clearly such a happy, happy day. ♪ Gonna be bright ♪ ♪ bright sunshiney day ♪ so we choose bridget kelly, that wedding song, the rain is gone, a song chosen by bridget, a testament to the healing power of possibility. Congratulations to our colleague and his lovely bride.

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