This story is sure to give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money.
When Hisashi Nishizawa first met Mai Nakahara in 2006, he knew she was the woman he was going to marry. It’s like they always say; when you know, you know. After two years of dating, they got engaged on their anniversary. All the plans were in place and they couldn’t wait to start their lives together as husband and wife. But 3 months before the wedding, something started to go terribly wrong.
Mai started acting not like herself. Suddenly she was having terrible mood swings. Screaming at Hisashi for no apparent reason and before he could figure out what was going on she would burst into tears. Then, it got worse. She started not recognizing family and friends. Finally, one afternoon, she looked at her fiance and asked him, “Who are you?”
Hisashi knew something had gone terribly wrong with his future bride. He, along with her family, took her to the hospital, but doctors could not figure out what was wrong with Mai. Her condition only got worse. She suffered a cardiac arrest and eventually fell into a coma.
Everyone was devastated. Hisashi didn’t know what he was going to do, but he knew he wasn’t going to leave Mai. He loved her too much and refused to give up hope. Her family, despite being so grateful for his presence throughout all of this, insisted he move on with his life. Mai may never come out of her coma. But Hisashi insisted. He was going to marry Mai.
After five months of questions, doctors finally figured out what was wrong with Mai. She was suffering from limbic encephalitis that had been caused by an ovarian tumor. They removed the tumor but could offer little hope that she would recover. Hisashi didn’t waver. He remained by her side, certain that she would come back to him.
Sure enough, after being in a coma for a year and a half, Mai opened her eyes again. It was the glimmer of hope everyone had been praying for. But, she still didn’t remember anyone. And she probably never would. Hisashi was going to have to make her fall in love with him all over again. Something he was more than happy to do.
He stayed with her, day in and day out, as they slowly rebuilt their relationship. And as they began to fall back in love, Mai’s condition improved and she finally left the hospital three years after she first started asking strangely. And although forever confined to a wheelchair, her miraculous recovery amazed the doctors. But not Hisashi. He knew they still had a wedding to get to.
Hisashi and Mai were married in August of 2014, a full 8 years after he proposed to her. It was an emotional affair as it was something everyone previously thought impossible. But it just goes to show you, nothing’s impossible when it comes to true love.