As Lisa Hampson and Jim Powell know, sometimes even time and distance can’t put an end to a love that is meant to be.
The pair met when Lisa was only seventeen and Jim was twenty-one.
As Mari Jones reports in the Daily Post, they settled in Llanrwst, Wales, and welcomed son Ryan James in 1993. The couple doted on their handsome young son, but tragedy soon struck the Powell home.
On December 11, 1995, Ryan James started feeling sick. Lisa remembers that at first, she thought her son was nursing a cold.
“Ryan snuggled up to me like he always did in the mornings, but I noticed his cheeks were flushed and he didn’t want his milk,” she told the Post.
After noticing a few more issues — including some spots on Ryan’s stomach — Lisa decided to take her son to the doctor.
“I really thought they were going to tell me I was worrying about nothing. But, when I got there, the doctor pretty much diagnosed him with meningitis straight away,” she said. “I found myself going in an ambulance to Alder Hey with Ryan, and I broke down.”
Ryan James passed away a few hours later. Though they were there for each other after the death of their son, after a few years Jim and Lisa began to drift apart.
“I tried to get on with my life as best as I could. I started running half marathons for meningitis charities and raised thousands,” Lisa told the Post. “Jim moved away and got on with his life, but I always kept in touch with his mother.”
In 2014, Lisa was the victim of a major stroke.
It had been sixteen years since he had last seen his ex-wife, but as soon as Jim learned about Lisa’s stroke from his mother, he went to the hospital to visit her.
“After his first visit, Jim told me that he loved me, he has always loved me and will always love me,” Lisa remembers.
In all the years since they’d been apart, neither Jim nor Lisa had any long-term relationships or other children. Jim visited Lisa every weekend and was there for her rehabilitation. Several months later, Lisa took a pregnancy test, thinking that she was late because of the stroke. Instead she found out that she and Jim were going to have another child.
The news was a wonderful surprise. Lisa couldn’t believe that she could be pregnant again past age 40 and after a stroke. Their son, Oisin Ryan, was born on September 2, 2015.
“[W]hen the nurse first passed him to me, I thought at first it was Ryan. They looked so alike,” Lisa said. “We are so lucky.”
Source: Independent Journal Review