Wynonna Judd’s husband is up and walking again after a life-threatening accident last year left him without one of his legs.
Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser has been fitted with a prosthetic leg, and is walking around again on two feet after a motorcycle accident last August. He collided with an oncoming vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries, including the loss of one of his legs. He was riding alongside Judd at the time. She watched the whole thing happen from her own motorcycle, and was uninjured.
“The outpouring of prayer and support from friends, family and fans has been a blessing to both Cactus and I,” she said in a release last year. “Cactus is a champion. I love him deeply and I will not leave his side.”
Now, Moser has been fitted with a prosthetic leg and is getting around on two feet again. Well, more or less. He walked again on Monday for the first time since his accident, surprising 48-year-old Judd backstage at Dancing With the Stars
“After eight months of waiting, he walked towards me for the first time two days ago,” Judd told People backstage after Moser’s reveal. “It’s been an emotional ride for me this week.”
Judd’s Stars co-star Lisa Vanderpump was among the first to walk with Moser.
The country legend confessed that seeing Moser walk again “freaked me out because I’ve seen him in a wheelchair and using a walker, and he just walked towards me and I was like, ‘Wow.'”
Judd tied the experience of seeing him walk again to watching him initially lose his leg.
“I was so stunned,” she said. “I saw the wreck; I saw him lose the leg.”
The couple married in June, and have stuck together through many trials. Judd says that despite his misfortune, Moser has still been her primary source of encouragement and inspiration.
“He’s so positive,” she said. “I call him Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky. It’s really irritating, because sometimes I just want to complain or act tired about dancing, and he’ll say, ‘But you’re moving, and you’re looking so great.’ I’m like ‘Go talk to Tony. You guys are so alike.'”
Though Judd isn’t quite top of the class on Stars, she said she has enjoyed the experience.
“I look out in the audience, and I see all this love,” she said. “I feel so grateful tonight. I’ll go home with that in mind.”
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