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Photo of Wife Carrying Double-Amputee Marine Husband Goes Viral [VIDEO]

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Jesse and Kelly Cottle look like a normal couple: Husband is a United States Marine. Wife is a beautiful blonde who met her future husband at a swim meet.

But when you look at this picture that has gone viral since being posted two weeks ago, you know their lives are quite different.

Jesse, 28, lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2008. The footage was all caught on video by a camera attached to a fellow marine’s helmet.

And Jesse told ABC News he wouldn’t change it if he could.

“If I hadn’t stepped on that IED I wouldn’t have met her,” Jesse told ABC News. “I wouldn’t take it back ever.”

The pair met at a swim meet after a long recovery process — when they met it was one of the first times Jesse was out using his prosthetic legs. Jesse and Kelly married and celebrated their first anniversary Aug. 18.

They recently took a trip to Boise to visit family and took some photos together. And that’s when this heartwarming photo became reality.

“Someone had suggested taking photos in the water,” Kelly said. “I was carrying Jesse back to his legs, and the photographer was like, ‘Oh we’ll get a couple of shots of you together.’ It wasn’t planned or anything.”

Photographer Sarah Ledford took the incredible picture, which has been shared more than 1,100 times on Facebook already … and will soon have plenty more.

“The photo really says it all,” Jesse told ABC News. “I actually look at it very much as a symbol for our whole relationship in general. She’s physically carrying me, but there’s times where she’s carrying me emotionally. It’s a perfect representation of who Kelly is.”

Thank you for your service, Jesse. God bless you both.

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