Horrifying details of how a soon-to-be married father-of-two broke his neck in a bucks party prank gone wrong have been revealed.
Tim Cornthwaite, 29, from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, will be wearing a neck brace when he gets married on Saturday following a near-tragic accident during his bucks party celebrations at a Gold Coast home last weekend.
It’s understood the concrete cutter was injured during a bungee jumping prank, where he was blindfolded standing up and fell forward into a children’s pool, landing awkwardly, The Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
His fiancee Chloe Zammit told Daily Mail Australia on Friday it had been a tough week but assured the wedding would still go ahead.
Horrifying details of how a soon-to-be married father-of-two broke his neck in a bucks party prank gone wrong have been revealed
Tim Cornthwaite (pictured) will not let a broken neck ruin his wedding day this Saturday
Tim Cornthwaite will still marry his partner Chloe Zammit this Saturday
Mr Cornthwaite complained of soreness at the time of the accident but had no idea of the seriousness of the injury until Tuesday following a CAT scan and overnight stay in hospital.
He was then transferred to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and returned home on Thursday night.
‘The last few days have been very hard,’ Ms Zammit told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s been a big shock as he just thought it was a stiff neck. The news got worse and worse with every person we saw. It’s changed our outlook on life and made us realise how lucky we are as it could have been so much worse.’
Tim Cornthwaite, pictured with soon-to-be wife Chloe has since returned home
Ms Zammit said her fiance insisted that their long-awaited vows still go ahead this Saturday in front of almost 100 guests at a chapel on the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
But they will delay the reception by six months to hopefully coincide with Tim’s 30th birthday party.
‘Tim would not take no for an answer,’ Ms Zammit told Daily Mail Australia.
‘He wanted the reception to go ahead as well. We compromised and put off the reception as I don’t think he would have enjoyed it as much if we did it on Saturday.’
Tim is now in a halo brace for the next 3-6 months
Mr Cornthwaite now has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
It’s unknown whether the talented soccer goalkeeper will ever play again and the family will have no income while Mr Cornthwaite is off work, who has to wear the halo brace for the next 3-6 months.
Ms Zammit has also had to give up work to look after him.
A GoFundMe page set up by friend Matt Enticknap to help the young family has already raised more than $9,000 within three days.
There are also plans to hold a charity soccer match to help raise funds.
Tim Cornthwaite (pictured) remains in good spirits. He has since had a halo brace installed
The Queensland tradie and talented soccer goalkeeper also has two young sons
‘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.’
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