Honeymoon turns to horror in ‘blink of an eye’
A HONEYMOON to the Pacific paradise of Bora Bora turned into a nightmare for an American couple when the husband dived into shallow water and suffered a spinal cord injury that's left him unable to walk.
John and Alana Knight of Santa Clarita, California, were married on April 7 and were on the final day of their dream honeymoon to the famed French Polynesian island when he was injured, KTLA and the New York Post reported.
"They got married and they're looking forward to starting their new life, and taking this beautiful honeymoon," Dori Lancaster, Alana's longtime friend, told KTLA.
"And then all of a sudden, in the blink of an eye, their script just changed."
Alana's dad, Tom Cooper, said: "John took a dive off one of those huts that are over the water, those hotel huts. They thought the water was a lot deeper than what it was, and his head hit the sand."
John fractured his C-7 cervical vertebra, causing him to lose feeling in his legs. He was evacuated to Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia, where he underwent surgery.
"Every day is different, every hour's different. It's a roller coaster," Alana told KTLA.
"He thought he was drowning, so I had to jump in and get him. We thought he was paralysed."
John has regained some feeling in his legs, but has suffered lung complications, among other issues.
The family hopes to arrange specialised medical transport to bring John back to the US.
"We're just trying to get back home and it's been a nightmare," Alana said.
Her father said he felt helpless.
"There was nothing that we could do," Mr Cooper said. "My passport is expired, I couldn't get down there. I didn't have the funds to do that."
Ms Lancaster added: "You just don't imagine something like that happening, especially on your honeymoon."