Journalist Robert Melton suffered a stroke that left him irrevocably changed. When his wife found a new love, she was determined to keep Robert with her.
Page and Robert Melton share a moment in Richmond. The two married in 1995 and had two children, Hope and Nell. In 2003, Robert, a reporter who covered Virginia politics for The Post and had recently had a heart attack, collapsed at home and stopped breathing. After he was revived at the hospital, doctors told Page that the lack of oxygen to Robert’s brain had caused hypoxic-ischemic brain injury, moderately severe. He’d had little physical impairment, but his cognitive loss was profound. He spent time in a rehabilitation hospital in Virginia, then a residential facility for brain-injury patients in North Carolina. Matt McClain/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo