In August 2016, Mike Droter proposed to his girlfriend Jordan Lovas during a trip to celebrate her birthday on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The next day, he was paralyzed from the neck down in a body surfing accident.
Doctors originally told the California man that he’d never be able to talk, eat or move on his own. He has since regained his ability speak, drink water and move his neck, arm and thumb. Now he has his sights set on one goal: to stand at his wedding next March.
“I want to stand on my own two feet ― even if it’s crutches or some sort of standing frame or whatever ― look her in the eyes, I want to put the ring on her finger. That’s my main goal right now. If that happens, I’ll be a happy man,” Droter said in a NowThis video
Since the accident, Lovas has been by his side every step of the way ― from the hospital stay, to in-home physical therapy, to his rehabilitation at SCI-FIT, a company that helps people recovering from spinal cord injuries.
“She keeps me going every time I get depressed,” Droter said in the video. “She kind of just whips me right back into shape.”
Watch the video above for more on this couple’s inspirational love story. Lovas also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his physical therapy expenses.