He almost died from a serious condition affecting his spine before contracting the deadly infection complication sepsis and was told by doctors he wouldn’t walk again.
But just months after being given these drastic prognoses inspirational grandfather-of-two David Smith, 52, made a remarkable recovery.
And earlier this month production manager David, from Risca , near Caerphilly , walked to the top of a Welsh mountain where he proposed to his now-fiancée Mary.
He said: “I’m quite strong mentally and I have managed people for a long, long time.
“From this past year I have learnt life is a gift and you must live it and I am living it to the fullest now.
“We have a date for the wedding and are already planning the honeymoon.”
It began in August last year when keen photographer David was driving back from taking snaps with Mary around the Brecon Beacons .
A car pulling out …