BOISE, Idaho (KTVB) – Jesse Cottle lost his legs in Afghanistan.
Now, an image of his wife carrying him on her back is now touching thousands of people.
He met his future bride, Kelly, during his recovery. She was a swimmer for Boise State and the pair met during a swim meet in San Diego.
“I just remember being very intrigued by him,” Kelly said. “He was just very different and not just because of his legs, just who he was.”
They were married last year and now make their home in San Diego.
Recently, while in Idaho visiting Kelly’s family, they took family portraits.
“It was a normal photo shoot, we finally got together and Jessie had his legs on and everything,” said Kelly.
Photographer Sarah Ledford suggested a picture in the water.
“So we said ‘well, you can just pop off your legs and get on one of our backs and we’ll take you in’ and so, ’cause that’s just how we get around sometimes, like at the beach,” said Kelly. “It’s just pretty normal, so he hopped back on my back and then Sarah’s like ‘oh, we’ll take some couples shots.’”
Ledford posted one of those shots on her Facebook page.
She had no idea the image of Kelly carrying Jesse on her back would get the reaction it did.
(See more of the photos: www.ShutterHappy-Photography.com)
Ledford posted one of those shots on her Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ShutterHappyPhotography)