In his mid-20s, Matt Karlovec was diagnosed with encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Complications can include problems with senses, movement and speech.
For nearly five years, he has worked with the rehabilitation team at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain to improve his quality of life and help him be more independent at home. This team-approach to supporting Matt continued when Matt decided to ask his girlfriend to marry him.
To make it the perfect proposal, Matt enlisted the help of his therapy team. He wanted to propose on one knee so he worked diligently with his physical therapist practicing the proposal on one knee. Additionally, his speech therapist helped him practice what to say during the proposal and his occupational therapist assistant helped him be successful in placing the ring on her finger.
The big day arrived on Tuesday, December 19th when Matt asked Cathleen to marry him following his therapy session at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Matt was able to get down on one knee with modifications and asked Cathleen, who had stood by his side throughout his diagnosis, to marry him. She enthusiastically said yes. The therapists and family were all there to celebrate with the newly engaged couple.