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UVa Medical Center Remembers Dana Reeve

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

March 7, 2005

Doctors at the University of Virginia Medical Center are remembering Dana Reeve, the wife of Christopher Reeve. Dana died Monday night after battling lung cancer.

Reeve was known best for her incredible courage and support.

A heroine: that's how the University of Virginia's Dr. John Jane remembers Dana Reeve, wife of Superman actor Christopher Reeve.

"I think that's a fact. She was equal to him in her bravery and devotion," he said.

Dr. Jane operated on Christopher after a horse-riding accident in Culpepper back in '95 left him paralyzed. Through it all, Dana stuck by her husband's side. Together they fought to find a cure for spinal injuries and advocated for the rights of the disabled.

"It was just remarkable. They obviously loved each other. It was perfectly clear," said Dr. Jane.

"Dana I think is the wife we all hoped we would be. Right with her husband; [she] believed in him and he believed in her and they had this wonderful love story between the two of them," said Kathy Lewis, with the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

A chapter in their story ended in 2004 with the death of Christopher. In 2005, Dana - a non-smoker - was diagnosed with lung cancer.

"I thought how unfair. How unfair," said Dr. Jane.

But despite the tragic news, the 44-year-old had the same strength many had seen in her husband.

"He taught me so much about courage and about going forward and he really lives with me in this," said Dana in an earlier press conference.

Doctor Jane thinks back to the last time he saw Dana, about a year ago at her husband's memorial.

He says there, you really knew just how much they had loved each other.

"I remember her words at his memorial. She said, ' I promised to remain faithful til death do us part. I've changed my mind. It will be forever,'" said Dr. Jane.

Their love will live on forever in the minds of many.

They couple leaves behind a 13-year-old son. There is no word yet on funeral plans.


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