A husband-to-be has suffered a fractured neck a week before his wedding after a buck’s party prank went horribly wrong.
Tim Cornthwaite was with friends over the weekend celebrating his last few days of freedom on the Gold Coast when a bungee jump prank left him in hospital.
Friends blindfolded the father-of-two and pretended he was about to embark on a bungee jump.
Instead he fell forwards into a children’s pool as part of the gaff, but fell awkwardly, fracturing his neck.
“When I landed from my shoulder blades up just went instantly stiff,” he told 7News.
“I thought it was just like whiplash.”
Despite complaining of soreness, it was only until a few days later that he decided to go to hospital where a CAT scan revealed the extent of the damage.
“He has multiple unstable fractures to his neck. He is okay and will be 100% okay eventually, we just have a long road of recovery ahead,” his partner, Chloe Zammit, revealed on Facebook.
He will now be forced to wear a neck brace attached to his skull for up to six months.
Despite cancelling their wedding reception, the couple will go ahead with their ceremony.
However while the delayed wedding will be a huge blow to Ms Zammit, their main concern now lies with Mr Cornthwaite’s recovery.
The concrete cutter will be out of work for the unforeseeable future and his wife-to-be has dropped work to care for him.
Along with their children and mortgage, the family now face an uphill battle to make ends meet.
In a bid to support the family financially, a friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover costs and support them whilst their income has run dry.
“[Tim] and the fiancé are in good spirits and see the funny side as they are two of the most down to earth, selfless people you’ll meet,” the fundraising page reads.
“What isn’t funny is working out how they will pay their mortgage and look after their two young boys with them both not working for the next 3-6 months.
“Any help at all would go a long way in getting them through a pretty challenging time in their lives.”
So far the page has raised over $9000 for the family.
On Thursday Ms Zammit thanked everyone for their continued support following her partner’s injury.
“Thank you so much to everyone. We are so overwhelmed with support, offerings of help and kind words,” she said.