Just one month before his big day, a groom-to-be was enjoying what was intended to be relaxing time at a swimming pool when his life changed forever.
On July 11, Chris Stafford, of Richmond, Texas, took a forceful plunge feet-first into the shallow water at the community pool when he instantly lost sensation in his legs and felt his neck snap.
Chris informed his fiancé Madison that something wasn't right and 911 was immediately called to the scene of the incident.
'I had to reach down and lift him up so he could breathe,' Madison said in an interview with KHOU.
'People came over and helped him out the pool and he started saying he couldn't feel his legs.'
Chris was transported to the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where he underwent several hours of emergency surgery for shattered cervical fractures, according to the family's GoFundMe page.
One month before his wedding, Chris Stafford became paralyzed after jumping feet-first into a shallow pool
Chris and his fiancé Madison have postponed their wedding as he undergoes treatment and therapy
Chris is the father to 23-month-old son, Noah. Chris said he loves his child and fiancé Madison 'more than anything' and hopes to still be able to walk down the aisle
Chris' fiancé, Madison said no matter the outcome of his condition, she will stand by his side
The family lives in Richmand, Texas. Chris was transported to the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston
The groom cracked his C5 and C7 vertabrae. The C7 vertabrae is crucial as it's responsible for the spine's 'transition from the neck to the torso,' the Laser Spine Institute reports.
Chris fortunately still holds strength and stability in his upper limbs and arms.
Unfortunately, for Chris, his C7 vertabrae was fully destroyed — which his doctors say could likely leave him to suffer full paralysis.
He will require consistent and extensive therapy to regain strength in his lower body.
'Luckily Chris’ upper body is strong... 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,' the excerpt from the GoFundMe page read.
Doctors say Chris is likely to suffer full paralysis after he completely shattered his C7 vertabrae
Chris, a father of one to 23-month-old son Noah, told staff in the intensive care unit he 'loves (his family) more than anything' and hopes he will have the opportunity to walk Madison down the aisle.
'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.'
As of Friday afternoon, Chris' GoFundMe page reached $22,250 of its $100,000 goal.
The couple currently have put their wedding date on hold as Chris continues to undergo treatment and the family uncertainty.
A request for comment to the family could not be returned at this time.
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