On the evening of July 11, 2017, Chris and Madison decided to take a well-deserved break and enjoy a family evening at their community pool. They have been spending months planning their upcoming nuptials that were to take place aboard a Carnival Cruise in August. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a fun evening out with their two-year old, Noah, ended in a devastating freak accident.
In an attempt to get the attention of his beautiful bride-to-be and his adorable son, Chris playfully jumped into the pool hoping to create a big splash. A jump that he has successfully completed multiple times before, took a horrible turn. Chris instantly knew something was wrong as he surfaced and told his fiancé he couldn’t feel his legs. He had sustained significant injuries to his neck, which have left him paralyzed from the waist down.
After calling 911, a life flight helicopter arrived almost immediately to transport Chris to Memorial Hermann Hospital. After arriving at the hospital, Chris had to undergo emergency surgery on his cervical fractures. His C7 vertebrae was completely shattered and the compression it placed on his spine put him at risk for full paralysis. He made it through the difficult five-hour surgery with no complications. Two days after the accident, he will endure another lengthy procedure on his C5 vertebra.
Luckily Chris’ upper body is strong and he is able to use his upper extremities. He is remaining brave and positive and maintains his quick wit and sharp banter. However, it is painfully evident that the well-being of his family and the stress of how he will support his family weigh heavily on his mind. He loves them more than anything and can’t bear to imagine the difficult times that lie ahead. Chris is a determined individual, but he has a long fight ahead of him in order to regain use of his legs. This is a bout that will require his undivided attention and focus.
This GoFundMe campaign has been created to alleviate the financial stress that Chris and Madison will inevitably face. Even after the surgeries, it can take months or even a year or two of demanding physical therapy to regain use of his lower extremities.
Please consider contributing to this campaign to help Chris walk down the aisle with Madison in the near future. All donations are greatly appreciated and no donation is too small. We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.
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