He Told His Girlfriend He Had Broken His Back, Then She Discovered The Truth
In just one moment your life can change forever. That’s exactly what happened to one couple from Utah, Colton and Taylor. When Taylor received a call on Valentine’s Day that Colton had been in a skiing accident and had incurred a serious injury to his back, her world changed forever. So many thoughts raced through her mind as she rushed to the hospital, but it was there that she discovered the truth. A truth that changed her life in a way she never could have expected. Read on to discover exactly what this tragic accident really meant.
1. Humble Beginnings
Colton Brockbank and Taylor Naho’olewa met while living in Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City in American Fork. The couple connected instantly and eventually fell in love with each other. Taylor, originally from McKinney, Texas, worked as a hairdresser.
Colton, on the other hand, was an extreme athlete. He was passionate about the snowboard and wakeboard industries, pursuing a career in these sports. By Valentine’s Day of 2014, when they had been dating a number of months already, something happened that neither of them would ever forget.
2. A Skiing Expo
Colton, instead of planning a nice romantic dinner for his girlfriend to celebrate Valentine’s Day, he planned a skiing exposition where he was due to be filmed doing extreme snowboarding tricks on camera for a promotional video.
Taylor was obviously not huge on the idea that her boyfriend would be working on Valentine’s Day and not spending the day with her, but her parents were in town from Texas on that day. So, she spent time with them until she received a call that would change everything.
3. Unfortunate News
The call, as Taylor could see, was from Colton’s brother. She hesitated slightly as she went to answer the call as it was a bit out of the ordinary. She answered the call and Colton’s brother told her that he had some unfortunate news.
“I don’t like to be the guy to make these kinds of phone calls, but I’ve got some unfortunate news,” he said. He went on to explain that there had been an accident while Colton was snowboarding. An accident that she would later learn would change her entire life upside down.
4. Injured Badly
Colton’s brother stood outside of the hospital and explained to Taylor over the phone that Colton had been badly injured, breaking his back. An injury that would affect the rest of his life, as well as Taylor’s life. It broke her heart to learn that the man she loved was injured and in pain.
But Taylor couldn’t believe what she was hearing, asking Colton’s brother if he was serious. He emphasized to her that it was indeed true and that she should get over to the hospital with her parents as soon as possible. Something told Taylor she needed to get over right away to understand what was going on.
5. A Very Serious Condition
Colton’s diagnosis seemed very serious! The doctors deemed he had a broken back, another term used to describe a spinal fracture. This meant Colton had suffered a break in one or more vertebrae. Depending on where the fracture was and how many there were, his brother was told it could result in permanent physical disability.
But just how would this injury affect Colton’s life, and how would Taylor cope with seeing her boyfriend in the hospital, perhaps long-term, in pain. Questions started to arise as to whether their relationship would be able to survive the injury.
6. Not His First Rodeo
Taylor, having been with Colton for some time now, had come to terms with the reality of such situations considering what he chose to do for a living. After all, Colton was a known as a risk taker in his extreme sports.
In fact, this wasn’t be the first time he had injured his back and other body parts. They had already been through this once. But would this time be different? Still, nothing could have prepared Taylor for what was about to come now.
7. Rushing To The Hospital
With that in the back of her head, Taylor and her parents rushed to the hospital to find out what had happened to Colton, all the while praying that he would be able to make a full recovery.
When the couple first met, Colton was already suffering from a broken foot and ankle. He had to undergo surgery when they first started dating. But that was nothing compared to the severity of a broken back.
8. Extreme Snowboarding
As Taylor was no stranger to sitting at Colton’s hospital bedside she tried to calm herself, telling herself that everything would be okay. But that didn’t stop her from worrying about her love. Her mind was racing with thoughts.
She thought back to the previous few days she had spent with Colton. He had talked frequently about the filming expo that he was participating in on Valentine’s Day. He had even expressed concern that he might get injured from the extreme snowboarding. Something didn’t feel right to Taylor …
9. The What Ifs
Taylor, being the caring girlfriend that she is, tried to convince herself to reassure Colton that everything would be okay. But now she was grief-stricken, thinking about their future together and the hardships that a serious injury could cause.
“Everything was going through my head,” Taylor later confessed. “What if he’s paralyzed? What if he can’t walk again?” she thought as she and her family rushed towards the hospital. But little did she know that there was something that wasn’t as it appeared to be.
10. Preparing Herself
When Taylor came down the hall of the hospital, the doctors were outside waiting for her. They asked if she had come to see Colton, she confirmed that indeed she had. Then she walked into the hospital room…
As she walked into the room Taylor tried to prepare herself for what she was about to see. Seeing a loved one in pain is never an easy task. But having gone through it before Taylor felt that she could handle it. But she never expected what was about to happen.
11. Staying Strong
Walking into the hospital room, Taylor saw Colton laying on the bed in a neck brace, an oxygen mask, and wires attached to his body. It was a horrific sight but Taylor stayed strong and went over to comfort her boyfriend.
The hospital room was full of family and the TV crew, apparently still filming from his snowboarding shoot where Colton injured himself. Taylor didn’t know it at the time, but the footage from the hospital would change her life forever.
12. A Big Reveal
Colton jokingly asked Taylor if she wanted some of his oxygen, to which she replied: “I’m okay, you take it.” Keeping her composure she asked Colton how he was feeling, to which he replied that he was hurting.
Then Colton started to explain to Taylor that he had gotten her something and that his mom had helped him. He struggled to lift his left hand from under the hospital blanket to reveal something that he had gotten her, a present.
13. A Warm Thank You
Taylor helped him raise his arm to reveal that Colton had gotten her flowers for Valentine’s Day. She thanked Colton, telling that he was so cute and that he was going to make her cry. That’s when she went over to Colton’s mother.
Taylor asked her to hold the flowers, and then she thanked her by giving her a hug. The hug turned into a long embrace with her back turned to Colton. Just long enough for Colton to so something that would shock Taylor.
14. Something Shocking
After Colton’s mom wished Taylor a happy Valentine’s Day, Colton, while Taylor’s back was turned, started to move. He undid his blood pressure cuff and even removed his neck brace. Then he got out of bed.
Colton stood up, revealing that he was still wearing his jeans and walked over to Taylor who eventually turned around to see him standing up. It took Taylor a few seconds to register what was going on, and when she did she screamed…
15. An Unexpected Surprise
Taylor berated Colton, jokingly (or maybe half-joking) saying that she hated him and other insults. But what she didn’t know was that it wasn’t just a prank. The hospital setup was engineered for a specific purpose.
“I want to spend everyday of my life with you. I love you more than I could ever imagine and I couldn’t think of a better way to surprise you,” Colton told Taylor. Then he got down on one knee.
16. The Proposal
Colton got down on one knee, in front of his family and the TV crew, and asked Taylor for her hand in marriage. Without the slightest bit of hesitation, she responded “yes.” The couple was officially engaged.
The entire injury scenario and hospital setup had all been staged by Colton in order to propose to his girlfriend. She had absolutely no idea that a proposal was coming when he raced off to the hospital. But there was more to the story.
17. How Did He Do It
Taylor was overwhelmed with emotions. Tears poured down her face in joy as she embraced Colton, her now-fiancé. But one question still remained, just how did Colton manage to pull off such an elaborate feat? And how did he get a camera crew to film the entire thing?
Well, it turns out that Colton has connections at the hospital. He has visited that hospital so many times that he knows the staff personally and when they heard what he wanted to do, they were more than willing to go along with the scheme.
18. The Local News
Colton approached the hospital’s staff weeks in advance to make sure that they would go along with the plan. They were eager to help him and got the approval of the director of the hospital, but under one condition.
That condition was that they be allowed to record the proposal for the local news station and promote the hospital. Colton happily accepted their offer and that’s how the ball started rolling on the entire proposal. Still, he couldn’t have just pulled this off without some serious planning.
19. The White Lie
Colton never actually went snowboarding that day, and there was no photo shoot. He made the entire thing up to surprise his girlfriend. The white lie also provided an excuse for the camera crew. Had the camera crew been there without an explanation Taylor surely would have been suspicious from the beginning.
So the plan worked perfectly! The camera crew was able to record the entire event and it was broadcast on local TV in Utah. But was the scheme actually romantic? Just how did Taylor really feel about the proposal?
20. The Element of Surprise
The majority of people wouldn’t consider a hospital to be romantic. Especially not for a proposal. Colton, however, thought that the location was perfect. Colton was more interested in the element of surprise than interested in the romantic aspect.
Feigning an injury seemed like the perfect way to propose to Taylor according to Colton. Since he frequently got injured it wouldn’t raise any suspicions, especially since he had told Taylor that he would be working that morning. But did Taylor suspect something was up?
21. She Had No Idea
Taylor was incredibly surprised by the proposal and loved it. Even though her initial reaction was to yell at Colton for his prank, she immediately broke down into tears of joy when he asked her to marry him.
The couple had of course talked about getting married before Colton popped the question, but due to the setup, she had no idea that he would be asking her like that in the hospital. Taylor wasn’t mad at all, but the same couldn’t be said about some other people.
22. Not All Happy
When Colton proposed to Taylor all of her worries about his health and his severe injury simply melted away. That day in the hospital with Colton was certainly one of the happiest days of Taylor’s life.
But it might surprise you to hear that not everyone was happy with the proposal. The couple has received a significant backlash from the online community for what Colton did at the hospital. Why, you ask? Read on to find out.
23. A Viral Video
A relative of Colton’s posted a video of the proposal and the entire setup on YouTube to share with family and friends. But pretty quickly the video went viral, gaining mass attention around the world. They did receive some positive feedback.
But the majority of the feedback and comments they received were highly critical of the way that Colton chose to propose by letting his girlfriend think that he had broken his back and possibly injured himself for life. Some of the naysayers even gave particular reasons as to why they were against what they thought was a bizarre idea.
24. Not What It Seems
One of the major complaints that Colton’s video received is that he utilized a hospital that should have been dealing with people that were severely injured and not wasting the doctors and nurses time putting together his proposal prank.
To that, Colton replied to a number of YouTube comments that that just wasn’t the case. “We live in a city that is pretty low key and safe. Unlike bigger cities, it’s not crazy busy all the time and that being said I know all of the people that work there,” Colton posted. But that wasn’t all!
25. Not An Ideal Proposal
Another complaint that Colton has received is that no one in their right mind would want to be proposed to in a hospital room. Many people even stated that the prank Colton pulled was cruel and not at all what any girl would dream of.
To answer that question, we would need to ask Taylor herself what she thought of the proposal. Despite her yelling at Colton for the prank, she was ecstatic after he proposed. Colton stated that the prank wasn’t too unusual for the couple as they prank each other frequently. Did this mean it could have been staged?
One popular complaint from other YouTube users was that the entire proposal was staged –meaning that it wasn’t even real and Taylor knew what was going on the entire time. Colton, though, has assured everyone that this is not true.
People believe that because the camera crew was there she obviously knew that it was a setup. But once they learned the backstory that Colton had supposedly been on a shoot the very same day, it became possible to believe that the crew would have followed him to the hospital. Still, some nitpickers had more to point out.
27.Knowing How to Do It
Another reason that people believed that the video is fake is because of Taylor’s reaction when she saw Colton in the hospital bed, injured and in a neck brace. Many comments ridiculed her “acting” because she was smiling and laughing.
But as we all know, everyone acts differently in certain situations. Taylor, having been in that situation many times before knew the best way to handle it- to be optimistic and be there to support the man that she loves. What’s more, Colton had originally planned the proposal to look vert different. In facts, all the haters would have loved his first plan.
28. Valentin’s Day
Colton also revealed in a YouTube comment that he hadn’t been planning on proposing to Taylor in that fashion and not so soon either. He stated that he was working on a song for Taylor and was going to sing it to her.
But then her parents were in town and it was also Valentine’s Day so it seemed like the perfect time to propose, on the most romantic day of the year and also in front of her beloved family. He felt he needed to do it a the hospital to keep a total element of surprise.
29. Still Together
Colton and Taylor got married in September of 2014, and they are still toegher. Colton and Taylor just recently uploaded another YouTube video, four years after the proposal video to share with their fans about how their lives are going.
The loving couple are still together and from the looks of it, happier than ever. The couple say that they are going to start posting more videos on YouTube following the success of their prior videos. So if you’re interested check out their channel Colton BrockBank.
30. A Happy Ending
Colton says that he married his best friend and that even though they have been through some tough times, they are happy with the lives that they are living. Both Taylor and Colton are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church.
We wish both Taylor and Colton a long and happy life together with no further injuries, whether they be real or fake. And if there is another fake injury, it better be for a very good reason. If not, who knows how Taylor will react.
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