On the evening of December 3rd 2016, Brett and his fiancé, Meg Alexander, were celebrating their love for each other with their close family and friends on the beaches of Naples, Florida. What was supposed to be a day of joy, quickly turned into a tragic nightmare. Can you imagine you are having one of the best weekends of your life, and suddenly an unimaginable accident comes from an innocent swim in the gulf? What happenned is a mystery, but the results were instant.
Members of the bridal party swiftly pulled Brett motionless, but conscious to the safety of the shore. Imediate concern spread, as the group recognized the severity of Brett's immobility. Thanks to the quick response of the medical team and guidance of the neurosurgeon, Brett was able to undergo surgery to remove fragments of his shattered vertebrae which had lodged into his spinal cord. The injury has by definition caused paralysis, but the results are not definitive.
Just 10 weeks away from his wedding day, the date when we would take Meg Alexander as his bride, he has been confronted with this devastating diagnosis. The only love stronger then Meg and Brett's love for each other, is their love for God, and commitment to a faith that will give them the strength to continue. Regardless of this circumstance the couple is determined to push through, with God by their side, and one day complete the promise they made to one another.
As the astronomical medical bills stack up, at thousands of dollars per day in the ICU, and his annual insurance coverage maxes out, we ask that you would please consider opening your heart and your wallet to contribute any amount you can to help Brett in his time of need.
Please help support Brett Greenhill's recovery so that he may have a future filled with love and destined for God's glory. The funds collected will go towards medical bills, future procedures, rehabilitation, his air flight transportation back to Atlanta, and necessary adjustments to their home and lifestyle. He has been approved residency at Atlanta's Shepards center, one of the wolrd's best spinal clinics, to begin the rehabilitation journey. Friends and family anticipate their return and ask that you would join us by sending your prayers, love and support.
12/11- Thank you all for your incredible support and generous donations! We have decided to adjust our goal to best reflect Brett's required medical needs. We are entirerly grateful for your contributions and want to keep you posted on his journey to recovery. A charity in Brett Greenhill's name is in the process of being established, and should be up in running in the New Year. This non-profit organization will accept tax dedunctible donations that directly fund Brett's immediate and long term medical needs. More information regarding the charity will be posted to this site in the future.
Tomorrow we celebrate a new beginning, as Brett begins his 1st day at Shepard Center's day program! Last week's evaluation had goals of independent eating and driving a modified vehicle.
Where there is hope, we will not be defeated! Thank you to friends and family, Doctors and nurses, specialists, physical therapist, and everyone who has given thoughts and prayers to Brett Greenhill's cause.
...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 NIV
Thank you Caitlin Keating for the follow up!
Please go to www.newperspectivefoundation.org so we can help pay for the travel expenses of family or friends traveling down to Florida to be with Brett and Meg. My wife and I run the foundation and we would be happy to help with the costs. We're praying for Brett!
Please have someone look into the Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund to see if he is eligible for aide. It provides grants to individuals for their post-acute care and rehabilitation for traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. My brother received this grant after his 2012 spinal cord injury and it has helped our family tremendously. He spent several months at Shepherd Center and this information was not readily available to my parents when they were stressed about medical costs, so I always try to share this info with everyone I can! https://georgia.gov/agencies/brain-and-spinal-injury-trust-fund-commission
Meg and Alexander, we'd like to help. You can message me on our website at Tighten The Drag Foundation. If you are not able at this time, please have a close family member reach out to me. Stay strong, have faith and never say never. We've seen the miracles happen.
I'm an RN. If he can tolerate it, you can cover his trach with your finger and he will be able to speak a word or two. Look up Jesse Lieberman, MD in Charlotte, NC. As a 4 th year Med student, became a quad. Is a medical doctor today at the Charlotte Institute of Rehab. Has a family. Is highly inspiring g and motivational... when Brett's ready.
My son was diagnosed with cancer and concurrent brain issues last March. He is still dealing with it. Brett, hang in there- life is still good and technology is ever improving in the field of paralysis. You look just like my son, which motivated me to donate to your GoFundMe. Good luck to you!
I.m so sorry to hear of this accident. I would like to point you in the direction of a student at the Univ. of Kansas. He had a very similiar incident in Hawaii one year ago. His prognosis was similiar. After a year of rehab and dedication he is now back to being a college student. Please visit , www.facebook.com/prayersfortombabb/?fref=nf. If you choose to reach out to them I know it will help.
.. Stay strong and never give up! Dont put wedding on hold....get married. For legalities #1 your fiance can then make decisions on your behalf etc #2 because the vows are important and tomorrow is not a guarantee! You can always have your dream wedding therafter! Get running soon ✌
A neurosurgeon, Dr. Fessler at Rush Medical Center in Chicago is doing a research trial for patients with cervical spine injuries with the hope to regain some type of motor function. I do not know the specifics to qualify, but treatment should be started within 25 days of injury. Please Forward this the family to look into as soon as possible. https://www.rush.edu/news/stem-cells-vs-spinal-cord-injuries
Alexandra..call me. I am Micki Purcell with the Walking With Anthony Foundation….look us up www.walkingwithanthony.org. My son dove in the ocean and was paralyzed. I can share his recovery with you. He was hurt 6 years ago. I am very well known in the spinal cord community. Call me….310-745-0090
Meg no matter what happens stand by your man though it all and I promise you the Love you show him will fuel his Determination to get him back to where he was before this happened to you both. I hope in time he starts to be able to walk again miracles do happen still its believing in them that keeps them strong.
This is a wake up call for ACA holders, Congress may repeal all of ACA next year; write your Congressman and let him know you are not in favor of repeal. It is because of ACA that there is no ceiling on expenses; some treatments such as these are timely and expensive. God bless him.