- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - While Katie Grady had a hunch her boyfriend of five years, Chase Phillips, was going to propose, she had no idea it would turn out the way it did.

Phillips’ original plan, to propose to Grady at the Cadron Settlement Park, quickly took a different turn on March 26.

The Log Cabin Democrat (https://bit.ly/1OjprZz ) reports that while heading to the proposal site, Grady and Phillips were struck head on by a truck that crossed over the lanes at the intersection of Salem Road and Irby Drive.

“It happened so fast,” Grady said. “Once the vehicles came to a stop, we were dazed and I looked over at Chase to ask if he was OK, and he said he was fine. He asked me if I was OK, and then all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe and I passed out.”

Grady said the next thing she remembers was being outside the vehicle with Phillips supporting her head and neck, apparent that he had somehow managed to rip the car door open to get her out.

“I remember trying to come out of the black out and having such a hard time waking up,” she said. “From what I understand at this point, I had a seizure. When I finally woke up all the way, one of the witnesses to the accident was able to help me focus and get ahold of my family so I could tell them we were OK.

“When the ambulance came, I knew we would be OK, and we made it to the hospital in record time.”

Grady said she was grateful the accident wasn’t worse as the couple sustained only minor injuries.

She all she remembers from when she blacked out was being so afraid, not only for herself but also for Phillips.

“When I did come to, just knowing Chase was OK, and that he was by my side was the biggest thing for me,” she said. “I felt so safe and comforted. He really was my hero that day.”

She added that while the mayhem was going on, Colton Phillips, Chase’s brother, was still out waiting for the couple to arrive so he could sneak photos of the engagement. Later, Chase got ahold of him and had him bring the ring to the hospital, unbeknownst to Grady.

“We were in the room a couple of hours when Chase decided to pop the question,” she said. “It was magical.”

Even though Grady figured out the proposal, she never dreamed Phillips would go ahead with it.

“The proposal in the (emergency room) was a surprise to me,” she said.

“The nurses kept asking if he was going to go ahead and ask, because the cat was out of the bag at this point, but I thought he would just wait and do it another time. I had just had my CAT scans and was trying to rest and we were just kind of talking and trying to cheer up. Then he brought out the biggest little box in the world and asked me to be his wife.”

She said she had never seen anything more beautiful.

“I was just so happy,” she said. “I couldn’t stop smiling. I am so grateful that he took what was a really cruddy situation and turned it into the best day ever.”

Phillips said seeing Grady after the crash really shook him up.

“I was terrified of losing her,” he said. “After the adrenaline wore off and the doctors said she would be alright, I decided now was as good a time as any. At least we would get to end the day on a high note.”

They said what they love most about being together is that they are best friends and lovers combined.

“We have so much fun spending time together and no matter what we are doing, she makes it a blast,” Phillips said. “There’s so much to love about her, and it’s why I decided I had to marry her. She doesn’t only take care of me, she always makes sure all our friends are taken care of too.”

Grady said they support each other and they know that they can turn to each other, having each other’s backs no matter the circumstance.

“Every single day, I get to wake up next to the most amazing person that I have ever known,” Grady said.

The couple captured national attention and was featured in People Magazine.

The couple has also set a date for the wedding: Oct. 22, 2016.


Information from: Log Cabin Democrat, https://www.thecabin.net

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