Less than three months before Meg Alexander and Brett Greenhill's wedding, the Atlanta couple's family and friends are asking for help through a GoFundMe page after an accident left the groom-to-be paralyzed.
The pair were in Naples, Florida, on Dec. 3 celebrating a joint bachelor/bachelorette party when members of the bridal party spotted Greenhill floating in the water.
"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?'" Alexander told People Magazine. "I was like, 'I don't know. He's a goofball,' and she went to check on him."
Though they found him conscious, Greenhill was unable to move, according to a post on GoFundMe.
"I grabbed him, flipped him over and he said, 'Help me, Kel. I can't move,'" Kelsey Rice, a nurse and one of Alexander's best friends, told People. "It went from an incredible weekend to devastating."
Greenhill, 39, was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where doctors told the couple that he was paralyzed from the neck down after possibly hitting his head on a sandbar.
Doctors removed fragments of Greenhill's vertebrae, which had lodged into his spinal cord, in a successful surgery. He remains in ICU at Lee Memorial, where he is unable to speak. Doctors told Alexander they expect Greenhill to regain the ability to speak.
"I go through the alphabet, and he'll tell me what letter to stop on so I can write words out," Alexander said. "The first thing he said to me was, 'I love you,' and the second thing he said was, 'Please be patient with me.'"
For now, plans for the couple's Feb. 11 wedding and their honeymoon to New Zealand are on hold. Doctors have said Greenhill has a 1 percent chance of mobility.
"Our entire world has taken a very different turn than we thought," Alexander told People. "We had the trip of a lifetime planned for our honeymoon ... Obviously, this situation is extremely trying. But together we can get through this. I know we can."
According to their GoFundMe page, named "Go Greenhill," the groom-to-be will begin rehabilitation at Atlanta's Shepherd Center when doctors clear him for travel back to Atlanta.
To help with medical costs and transportation, the couple and their loved ones have been asking for donations. So far, they've raised more than $118,000.