This young man from Russia was born with a condition that left him completely debilitated. Feeling hopeless and alone, the internet became his only connection with the outside world. Amazingly, he soon found his love online, 3,000 km away.
When Grigory Prutov was born to his parents in Vladivostok, Russia, he seemed every bit a healthy baby. He did however occasionally wake up with back pains. Later on, things took an unfortunate turn for the worse, as he was diagnosed with muscular atrophy, which caused his spine muscles to deteriorate completely. He soon required 24-hour care, and was not expected to live past 4 or 5 years. His parents however refused to give up on their son, and sought in vain for a cure.
Unfortunately, the disease completely deprived Grigory from having a normal life. He was completely debilitated and unable to walk. By the age of 20, he only weighed 45 lbs. He spent most of this time at home, and whenever he went out, he was met with impolite stares. The internet became his main connection with the outside world, and he was lonely. Grigory one day shared his feelings online…
“I can’t experience the world in all its beauty. It hurts to think about all the things that I can never have…” he posted.
“I can’t experience the world in all its beauty. I can’t swim in a river or in the ocean. I can’t run around in the grass without pain. I can’t help my friends carry things…I can’t take care of the people I love. I can’t make them happy.”
Fortuitously, he met the love of his life Anna from Kazakhstan two months later online. Like him, she was a hopeless romantic, and loved art and writing.Grigory soon fell in love with Anna, though at the time, he did not know if the feeling was mutual, and he was afraid of how she might react to his condition. When he finally did share his feelings, and sent her a photo of himself, she decided to fly the 3,000 km to see him in person.
When the couple met, they fell deeply in love, and decided to get married. Grigory had originally wanted a quiet, innocuous wedding, but it soon grew into something that was sensationalized, and celebrated nationally.
There were many people who were surprised that Grigory was able to find his true love despite his condition. Some even ridiculed the couple, questioning why a healthy young woman, such as Anna, would be interested in a man like Grigory. But to the couple, it did not matter. It was their own happiness, and love for each other that mattered.