A Saskatchewan lady is recovering in a hospital in Mexico throughout what was purported to have been one of many happiest journeys of her life.
Cory Moe, 26, was celebrating her honeymoon together with her husband Dalton in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when a tragic incident landed her within the ICU at Hospital Joya.
Cory and Dalton Moe bought married Dec. 30, 2021. (Courtesy: Brianne Fitzpatrick)
The couple, who bought married in December 2021, held off their honeymoon resulting from journey restrictions and work commitments.
On Jan. 17, they determined to go boogie boarding on their third day in Mexico.
“A rogue wave is what took her in,” mentioned Brianne Fitzpatrick, Moe’s older sister.
“It overturned her within the water, however we don’t know the way precisely.”
Dalton pulled his spouse out of the water and bought her to shore, the place two ICU nurses occurred to be, additionally on trip. They had been capable of stabilize Moe whereas they waited for emergency responders to come back.
Moe is a registered nurse in Carnduff, Sask. Her mom, Brenda Fitzpatrick, mentioned it’s a blessing two different nurses had been there when she wanted them.
“There are angels in every single place,” Brenda mentioned.
Moe suffered a cervical spine injury, in line with Brianne. She was in important situation and wanted surgical procedure on the vertebrae in her neck with the intention to relieve stress positioned on her spinal cord.
“It is going to be a number of weeks till we all know the size of this and actually get a grasp of what restoration goes to appear like,” Brianne mentioned.
“Proper now, we simply know that she’s not steady sufficient to return house.”
Cory Moe walks alongside the seaside in Mexico. (Courtesy: Brianne Fitzpatrick)
It might be as much as six weeks earlier than the swelling comes down round her spinal cord. Moe is 5 days post-op and presently hooked as much as a ventilator within the ICU.
She can not verbally talk to her household as a result of ventilator, however she was capable of converse earlier than her surgical procedure.
“Earlier than her surgical procedure she mentioned to her surgeon, ‘I consider in you. You will have the data, you’ve got abilities and I place confidence in you,’” Brianne mentioned.
“Even in her darkest and hardest hours by way of this she nonetheless stays to be simply such a vivid mild for others and lifts everybody up.”
Brianne organized a GoFundMe marketing campaign with a purpose of $60,000 to assist cowl the prices of Moe’s hospital payments and restoration. As of Wednesday morning, it had raised greater than $40,000.
On high of the donations, the household mentioned they’ve acquired an outpouring of messages, telephone calls and assist from members of “Staff Cory”—buddies, the neighborhood and full strangers.
“It’s been fully overwhelming,” Brenda mentioned.
“We are able to’t categorical how lucky we’re to stay in such a good neighborhood, and it’s only a testomony of what a ravishing soul she is that so many individuals are reaching out.”
Moe’s father and different sister have since flown right down to Mexico to be with the couple. Brianne and Brenda are nonetheless house in Saskatchewan feeling “helpless, however nonetheless hopeful” as they anxiously wait by their telephones for any updates.
The household mentioned there have been some “promising indicators” for the reason that surgical procedure. Moe has had some motion in her fingers and toes.
“It’s positively not a restoration that’s going to be measured in hours or in days, possibly not even weeks,” Brianne mentioned.
“It’s going to be a protracted, arduous, unsure street forward.”
However it’s a street of adversity that Moe has seen earlier than.
Practically 13 years in the past, Moe was receiving therapy for scoliosis—an expertise that impressed her to pursue nursing and in addition left her with the title of being the “hardest Fitzpatrick.”
“She endured numerous ache with it. She’s small, however mighty. She’s 100 kilos dripping moist, however she’s the hardest of all of us,” Brenda mentioned.
“She offers us all inspiration.”
The household mentioned they’re drawing on Moe’s psychological and bodily toughness to search out hope on this difficult time.