It's been eight years since we first met Claudia Salley on Discovery Health's Paralyzed and Pregnant with Twins. At the time, she had just become one of only ten paralyzed women to ever successfully give birth to twins in the United States. Today, she's still a devoted wife, a loving mom, and an inspiration proving that nothing is impossible!
In 2006, Claudie and her husband Jamey Salley were involved in a tragic accident that killed their infant son Levi and left Claudia paralyzed from the chest down. The couple was able to overcome the emotional and physical damage to become pregnant again, and were thrilled when they learned they were actually expecting twins! The show followed along as they dealt with the tough reality of being a paralyzed pregnant mother, but by the end, they had welcomed their healthy boys Eli and Isaac Salley on Oct. 16, 2009. Now, the boys are eight years old, and are both Cub Scouts!
In 2012, Claudia decided to channel her heartbreak into a book to help other people dealing with trauma. She released Unshaken Faith, The Inspirational, True Story Behind A Popular Television Documentary, and fans were touched by it. "I have read the book Claudia… couldn't put it down!" wrote one supporter.
Cub Scout Pack 23 at Kinsey Scout Reservation for Family Camp
Claudia also hasn't forgotten her son Levi, or how grateful she is to be alive. She founded Levi's Toy Box, a charity that gives toys to kids. Around Christmas in 2017, she wrote, "While everyone is shopping for presents these next few days, please remember to pick up a toy for Levi's Toy Box. It doesn't have to be much. These kids are delighted to have anything! Visit a nursing home. Sing Christmas carols. Smile and say 'Merry Christmas' to everyone you meet. You never know what someone else is going through. This is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but often this is the hardest time for those who have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to those who are spending this holiday season with loss and sadness. I pray that you may find comfort and joy during this time." She's a busy woman who also manages her sons' Cub Scout pack. We can't help but admire how she turned tragedy into something so touching. Keep being yourself, Claudia!