A father-of-two will get married this Saturday, despite breaking his neck in multiple places during his bucks party last weekend.
Concrete cutter Tim Cornthwaite, 29, from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is now in a halo brace after a prank went wrong during his bucks day celebrations at a Gold Coast home last Saturday.
He complained of soreness at the time but had no idea of the seriousness of the injury until Tuesday following a CAT scan and overnight stay in hospital, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
Tim Cornthwaite (pictured) will not let a broken neck ruin his wedding day this Saturday
‘He has multiple unstable fractures to his neck. He is okay and will be 100 per cent okay eventually, we just have a long road of recovery ahead,’ his fiancee Chloe Zammit posted on Facebook on Wednesday.
She told the Sunshine Coast Daily that her fiance is having trouble coming to terms with his restricted mobility.
‘He’s not been coping having to lay flat in the bed,’ she said.
‘He can’t lift them (two sons, Luca, almost three, and Theo, one-and-a-half) at all. We’ll all just have to adjust to a new normal.’
Their long-awaited vows will go ahead this Saturday but will delay the reception by six months to coincide with Tim’s 30th birthday.
Tim Cornthwaite will still marry his partner Chloe Zammit this Saturday
‘It’s definitely not the day we’d been planning,’ Ms Zammit said.
Currently recovering in Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Mr Cornthwaite now has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
It’s unknown the talented soccer goalkeeper will ever play again and the family will have no income while Mr Cornthwaite is off work.
A GoFundMe page set up by friend Matt Enticknap to help the young family has already raised almost $8,000 within two days.
Tim is now in a halo brace and is recovering in Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Tim Cornthwaite (pictured) remains in good spirits. He has since had a halo brace installed
‘Tim had his bucks party on the weekend and after going to the physio on Monday to get his neck looked at he found out he has multiple fractures in his vertabrae and now has to wear a halo neck brace that they drill into his skull for 3-6 months,’ Mr Enticknap posted on the page.
‘Him and the fiancée are in good spirits and see the funny side as they are two of the most down to earth, selfless people you’ll meet. Any help at all would go a long way in getting them through a pretty challenging time in their lives.’
The Queensland tradie and talented soccer goalkeeper also has two young sons
Ms Zammit has since taken to social media to thank everyone for their support.
‘We are so overwhelmed with support, offerings of help and kind words,’ she wrote.
‘Tim is doing well, has been in and out of it since getting the halo fitted yesterday. But we are on the first step of the road to recovery now. He is already feeling all the love and we are so grateful for everyone around us.’
The couple (pictured), who have two boys under the age of three, have a uncertain six months ahead of them