Meant to be one of the greatest days of their lives, a couple's wedding reception turned into a nightmare when the groom suffered a life-changing injury.
Michael Schultz and Kelsey Mynatt, who had eloped just weeks earlier, were celebrating with friends and family on October 1 last year when tragedy struck as the pair hit the dance floor.
"Mike attempted his party trick which is a backflip on the dance floor which he technically landed," Kelsey explained. "But he slipped on the floor because there were drinks spilled and he was in dress shoes that have no traction."
"In a split second my world turned upside down," she said on TikTok.
Michael hit his head, suffering significant trauma and was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to relieve swelling and pressure on his brain. The 28-year-old has been in the ICU in the US city of Denver since, spending one month in a coma.
While he is making considerable improvements, including learning to talk and walk again, he has a long way to go.
"We are very encouraged and inspired by all of you guys' support towards us in this journey," Michael said in a TikTok update, where Kelsey is documenting his recovery.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the couple with Michael's medical bills and his rehabilitation.
"Through it all, he has been surrounded by an amazing neurological team, his incredible wife and both of their wonderful families," the pages reads.
Couple committed to long road ahead
On Tuesday Kelsey said Michael had now moved to the progressive care unit after a recent infection.
Responding to questions online, Kelsey said while it was difficult to explain to people the cause of his injury, she is not resentful towards Michael and stressed she will be by his side throughout his recovery.
"Before his accident he always had the biggest smile that would truly light up any room," she said.
"He is the best husband a girl could ask for. Anytime I ask him how he is he always replies “what about you? Are you okay?” I’m so so grateful for him and that my sweet husband is here with us today."
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