Citrus Heights Man Paralyzed in Hawaii Body Surfing Accident Thankful to be Back Home

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CITRUS HEIGHTS -- Thanksgiving at home is something Citrus Heights couple Jordan Lovas and Mike Droter didn't think would happen.

"I didn't think I was going to make it out of the hospital," Droter said.

After a month in a Honolulu hospital and two months at a Santa Clara rehab facility, Droter and Lovas couldn't be more thankful because they're finally back in Citrus Heights.

"It feels great to be home, it's been a long journey," said Droter.

But their lives are forever changed. An August body surfing accident in Hawaii paralyzed Droter from the neck down.

"It's been really tough to transition from, I guess you say, a normal life to this life and to accept it and stay happy," said Droter.

The recently engaged 30-year-old may be out of the hospital, but he has a lifetime of care ahead of him. His fiancée is his primary caretaker.

"This kind of stuff really brings you close, so him and I have both been grateful that we get to spend all this time together," Lovas said.

Droter said doctors had low expectations.

"I was told I would never be able to eat again, or speak again, or move again," he said.

But he's beating the odds.

"He's moving three fingers, he can turn his wrist over, he's firing up his triceps and he can wiggle his toes," Lovas said.

As tough as the last three months have been, Lovas and Droter say they're excited about their future together. They plan to get married in 2018.