On December 2, engaged couple Brett Greenhill and Meg Alexander were celebrating their joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Florida when something devastating happened — Brett became paralyzed after a swimming accident.
"Brett went into the water and all of a sudden my friend Kelsey says, ‘Why is Brett doing that? Why is he floating like that?' I was like, ‘I don't know, he's a goofball' and she went to check on him."
The bride-to-be's friend Kelsey was a registered nurse who immediately knew something awful had occurred.
The RN explained:
"I grabbed him, flipped him over and he said, ‘Help me, Kel. I can't move'. It went from an incredible weekend to devastating."
After Greenhill was airlifted to a local hospital, doctors determined he was paralyzed from the neck down and that he has a 1% chance of mobility. The medical team theorizes the paralyzation occurred after the 39-year-old hit his head on a sandbar.
As of now, Brett is recuperating in the ICU while he regains his speech. Doctors are confident he'll be able to speak again soon.
Elaborating on life after the accident, Meg revealed:
"I go through the alphabet and he'll tell me what letter to stop on so I can write words out. The first thing he said to me was, ‘I love you'. 'Please be patient with me'. He knows where he is and what happened. I can't imagine what is going through his brain right now. He's so smart and analytical."
Once Brett is released, he'll be transferred to a rehab facility fifteen minutes away from their Georgia area home.
The couple have put their wedding (originally planned for February 2017) on hold as they work through the obstacles:
"He's the most determined person I know. If anyone can push through this, it's Brett. Obviously, this situation is extremely trying. But together we can get through this. I know we can."