A Texas woman's dream honeymoon in Hawaii earlier this month turned nightmarish when she was paralyzed in a freak boogie boarding accident, KXAS reported.
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Nikki Lewis and Will Lewis were married Sept. 8 in a destination wedding on Maui. Days later, the couple and some friends were at the beach. While in the water, a wave broke on top of Nikki's boogie board and she broke her neck, the television station reported.
"I remember seeing her hopping on the board and the wave being taller than me," friend and wedding guest Ja'Mikal Moorer told KXAS. "You say in your head, like, 'Get up. Get up!' But she didn't get up."
"For a while she was just unconscious and we all thought she was dead," said Moorer's girlfriend, Taycha Pillot. "It hurts to see someone so amazing to have to go through this just days after, you know, the perfect day."
Nikki Lewis has been transferred to a hospital in Honolulu and is undergoing care there, Hawaii News Now reported. She is making progress and was able to move her fingers slowly, KXAS reported.
Friends have set up GoFundMe and Facebook pages to help cover medical bills and transport back to Texas.
"Nikki is a mom to two beautiful children and a new stepmom to one. Her fairy tale wedding trip has turned into a horrible nightmare for herself, her new husband, their children and families," her GoFundMe page says. "The medical bills are growing each day and will be unimaginably extensive very quickly."