A couple whose wedding plans came to a halt after the groom was left paralyzed from the neck down during a bachelor trip has stuck together, three months into hi recovery.
Meg Alexander, 29, and Brett Greenhill, 39, were due to tie the knot in just ten weeks when tragedy struck during a joint getaway in Naples, Florida.
The active couple – who loved to run and work out together – were with their friends on a beach when Greenhill decided to go swimming. Doctors believe his head hit a sandbar, depriving him of feeling in his arms and legs.
Greenhill tried to push his bride-to-be away at first, telling her: ‘This is not what you signed up for’. But Alexander told Inside Edition she needs him spiritually and emotionally, just as much as he needs her physically.
Three months after the incident, Greenhill has gone through intensive therapy and has regained some feeling in his arms.
He can now move his hand towards his face and fix his glasses or scratch the back of his head – huge improvements, according to his medical team.
Greenhill has achieved these milestones with Alexander by his side, although he admitted he tried to keep her away immediately after becoming paralyzed. His first words to her after being pulled out of the water were ‘I can’t feel anything, Meg. I love you so much and I’m so sorry. I love you so much.’
‘I felt like, in that instant, our life had changed,’ he told 11Alive. ‘I knew it; I knew the severity of it and I knew how much I love her and if those were my last words that’s what I wanted to say.’
‘He said, “This is not what you signed up for,” ‘ Alexander recounted. ‘We need each other. Physically, right now, he needs me more, but emotionally, spiritually, mentally, I need him.’
After weeks of rehab, Greenhill has also regained some feeling in his fingers, which enables him to stroke his partner’s face.
‘Megan has been amazing,’ he said. ‘She’s what really keeps me going.’
The pair, who were due to tie the knot on February 11, have put their wedding plans on hold, but are looking forward to becoming husband and wife one day.
‘If there’s one thing that I want people to know is to love the people that you love as hard as you possibly can, because you never know what can happen,’ Alexander said.
Greenhill’s life changed during a bachelor-bachelorette trip with his friends and fiancee. They stayed on the beach while he dived into the ocean. The next thing friends saw was Greenhill floating motionless.
Alexander said friends helped drag him from the water and called 911.
‘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?” ‘ she told People at the time.
Greenhill was air-lifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where doctors told him he had shattered part of his vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.
They believe that when he dived into the water, he must have hit a submerged sandbar which injured his back. He has just a one per cent chance of mobility.
‘We’re holding on to that one per cent because if anyone will do it, it’s Brett,’ Alexander said after the incident. ‘He’s the hardest-working person you could ever imagine.’
The couple had just mailed out invitations to their February wedding when tragedy struck.
In October, Alexander, a fashion consultant at LuLaRoe, posted a touching photo of her fiance carrying her and giving her a kiss as she counted down the days to their wedding which was due to go ahead in February.
The pair also planned to travel round New Zealand in a camper van for their honeymoon.
But, Alexander, who met her husband-to-be two years ago, had no plans to permanently cancel their special day.
‘We are going to get married someday, and it’s going to be amazing,’ Alexander told 11Alive at the time. ‘Plans changed a little but we’ll get there someday.’
Greenhill’s family and friends have started a GoFundMe account to help pay for his spiraling medical expenses. The fund has already raised more than $130,800 of its $250,000 goal.
‘Anyone who has met Brett Greenhill, if only for a moment, will tell you how selfless, generous, and genuinely caring he is to everyone he encounters,’ the page reads.
By Daily Mail
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