Hundreds of valentines pour in for paralyzed Vt. woman

Published: Feb. 13, 2018 at 4:19 PM EST
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You might remember a story we told you last week about a recently paralyzed woman who wished for valentines to brighten up her hospital room. Now, that love has spread to rooms across the entire hospital wing.

Sara Conchieri didn't expect that she'd have colorful cards wallpapering her room.

"Look at this homemade one!" she said. "I've read everything single card."

Sara wasn't supposed to be in rehab. She and her fiancé, Dan, were supposed to be in Mexico right now. He had planned to propose to her there. But then just before Christmas she tripped on her dog, fell down the stairs and was paralyzed.

"I just said, 'Are you going to stay with me through everything?' You know? You don't know," she said. "And when he proposed he just said, 'Of course I'm going to stay with you through everything.'"

That was Christmas night at her hospital bed. Now, she's at Fanny Allen in Colchester trying to recover what movement she can. White walls did nothing to brighten her outlook. Enter her friend Kris Boyd.

"She was like, maybe people will send me Valentine's Day cards," Kris said. "And I said, do you want me to post it on Facebook?"

He did. And it took off.

"The next day when I woke up it had been shared hundreds of times," Kris said. "And it just went crazy from there."

Colleagues clipped out colorful paper. Students snipped out hearts.

Reading through the letters, Kris read, "Grapevine, Texas; Missouri; Missouri; Vermont; Irvine California."

"Holy smokes!" Sara said.

Well-wishers from as far away as Arizona and Amsterdam delivering. And the cards keep coming, too many for her room alone. She describes opening them as a full-time job.

"No longer white walls!" Sara said. "We're going to have to decorate the ceiling soon."

She's not sure when she'll be able to go home or what the future looks like. But these simple well-wishes brighten her day.

"I knew I was loved but now I can feel the love from everywhere," she said.

Sara's also getting help making her home accessible. Blackrock Construction has volunteered to send some contractors to help her family with renovations.