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'I spent my wedding day in hospital after a motorbike crash... I'm lucky to be alive'

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A couple were forced to postpone their wedding after a horror smash put the groom in hospital weeks before the big day. James Barlow was told he was 'lucky to survive' after a 60mph crash involving his motorbike and a car.

The 36-year-old had to be airlifted to hospital and suffered life-changing injuries. He was still in hospital on the day he should have been exchanging vows with Nicole Barlow, then Simpson.

The couple were able to marry a year later, but Nicole admits her life partner 'could have died' in the collision. She said: “James doesn’t talk about the accident much - he doesn’t want to be defined by it. READ MORE: Family's touching message after death of 'amazing' young woman aged 25 READ MORE: He thought he had a bad chest infection - but a devastating call on his birthday changed everything "But he referred to it in his speech at our wedding and I realised we’re so lucky to be here - and lucky too that he’s recovered as fully as he has.

It’s amazing to be finally married, especially when I remember that he could have died. It just made the wedding even more beautiful." James and Nicole, 32, met in 2016 and got engaged in 2019.

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