A groom-to-be became paralyzed from the neck down in a beach accident at his bachelor party, according to reports.
Brett Greenhill and fiancee Meg Alexander were celebrating at their joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Naples, Florida, earlier this month when Greenhill went for a swim, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Party-goer Kelsey Rice noticed Greenhill bobbing motionless in the water and swam out to him, People noted. Rice, a nurse, flipped him over and Greenhill told her he couldn’t move.
When he was brought to shore, the engaged pair had an emotional exchange, Alexander told People.
“I can’t feel anything. Meg, I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I love you so much,” Greenhill said.
“I love you,” Alexander replied. “Don’t be sorry. We’re going to figure out what’s wrong with you.”
Greenhill, 39 was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. According to a GoFundMe page dedicated to his rehabilitation, surgeons removed fragments of his shattered vertebrae that got stuck in his spinal cord.
As of Wednesday morning, donations had surpassed $110,000 on the page. Greenhill has been accepted to Shepherd Center in the couple’s hometown of Atlanta for spinal cord treatment, per GoFundMe.
It is believed that Greenhill dove into a sandbar. Alexander said doctors have given Greenhill a 1 percent chance at regaining mobility. “If anybody’s going to be that one percent, it’s going to be Brett,” friend Jaime Reints told 11 Alive.
February’s wedding has been postponed but, Alexander told 11 Alive, “We are going to get married someday, and it’s going to be amazing. ... Plans changed a little but we’ll get there someday.”
Here’s a look at the couple in a series of photos posted to Greenhill’s Facebook in July: