Being with the one you love for eternity is what most people dream about. But what do you do when you’re faced with the reality that you might lose them forever just as you’re about to start a new chapter of your life together? When newly married Acaimie Chastain was faced with a similar fear, it brought out the courageous side in her and did not let fate defeat her.
Acaimie Chastain and her husband Clay had just tied the knot. The Indianapolis couple left for their honeymoon to the tropical island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. However, just four days into their lovely time together, the couple decided to hike up the dormant volcano, Mount Liamuiga. Clay who was adventurous wanted a better view and told his wife he was going to venture into the volcano. However, Acaimie decided to stay behind.
The series of events that followed was a frightening experience for the young couple.
“One second I’m climbing, the next second the world is spinning, and I can hear her calling down to me,” recalled the young man quoted People. Acaimie, who knew her husband was in danger was left with no choice but to face her worst fear. Though she was afraid to go in, she had to do it for her husband.
“I just listened really, really closely and I heard what sounded like Clay saying ‘help,’ just really, really faintly,” said the woman quoted CTV. The young wife followed her husband’s path and climbed down 50 feet into the volcano.
“I was freaking out about what I was going to find at the bottom,” said the woman recalling the incident. The brave woman found her husband and told him, “We’re going to have to be strong. We’re going to have to climb out of here,” reported Indianapolis Star.
With nobody to help or no cell service available, she helped her husband out of the volcano on her own. Acaimie gave Clay the support and courage to walk two miles down to the base till they found cell phone signal. He leaned on her everytime he left weak. “It’s astounding, the amount she was able to get through, because not only did she keep me going down the mountain when I couldn’t even walk, I could stand up and I could move my feet to walk, but I had no sense of direction and no balance,” said the husband.
After nearly four hours of walking, she was able to call the paramedics. “I think it was just by God’s grace that we were able to make it all the way down, we were able to make it safely, that I was able to get the ambulance there,” said Acaimie.
Clay, who was immediately taken into medical care was found to be severely injured. The young man suffered a severe concussion, cracked vertebrae, a skull injury and even hearing loss and was prevented from flying home. “It was a miracle that he was able to support himself for as long as he did with the injuries he had,” said Acaimie.
However, the couple was finally transported back to the U.S. The injured man has a long way to recovery but is happy they made it back home.