Osseo (WQOW)- It was Saturday June 30 when a slip in the pool changed everything for the Giacomino family.
"Tried to do a short little back flip like I’ve done before in the past, and I think my feet slipped off of the ladder that we have and I didn’t make it around. I landed straight up and down on my head and I felt my neck break, so I was conscious through the whole thing and I remember floating up," said Shane Giacomino.
Shane said luckily he floated to the surface face-up and was able to call out for his wife Nickol, a nurse, for help.
"I knew he was paralyzed, " Nickol said. "I knew the instant I picked him up in the pool. He couldn’t move and right away I knew that he was paralyzed."
"In like five minutes the ambulance was here and I believe 10-15 minutes the helicopter was landing in the church that is in our front yard," Nickol said.
Shane was taken to Eau Claire, then airlifted again to Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
He spent 51 days in the hospital, and the last few weeks he had occupational therapy.
"A lot of that was just learning what I have to do everyday – things like brush my teeth, feed myself," Shane said. "I still have to be shaved by other people, I have to be showered by other people, but I do have some things I can do myself now."
The question is, will Shane ever be able to walk again?
"That’s the million dollar question. Right now, probably not. It’s probably not gong to ever happen," Shane said. "Speaking with the doctors there’s a small, very small percentage of people make a recovery – less than 2 percent, so likely no I’ll never use my legs again."
"I am hoping for this ‘Hail Mary’, this miracle. Being a nurse, I have taken care of quadriplegics and they can’t feel anything, a lot of times from nipple line down or waist line down they can’t feel and he can to a point," Nickol said. "He can feel if you touch his toes, his hands, his legs. Is it neuropathy pain? Absolutely, but he can feel, so I am hoping and praying that one day he will walk again, I’m not going to give up."
A golf benefit is being held September 9th to help Shane and his family.
For information on the Go Fund Me Page click here.