Jennifer Price, a friend at the scene, said the accident “happened in a split second.”
“She was super happy, laughing, having a great time, and everything changed,” she said.
Since the accident, Brent has been camped out at the hospital to be close to his wife of 13 years. The couple have two children, Kenzie and Derek.
"She's moving her arms a little bit, and we weren't even sure if she could do that, and that's 24 hours after surgery. She's already showing improvement, and that, to me, is such a great sign, and I'm just so excited," he said, according to WTOC.
“I am on some rush of positivity, and I don’t know where it’s coming from, I’ll be honest,” he told the station. “It’s devastating, you know, to think that a fun Memorial Day weekend waterslide could be a life-changing event like this.”
A GoFundMe web page has been created in Valerie Feske's name and so far has raised nearly $30,000 for medical costs and other expenses due to the accident.
The page states that Feske “had a catastrophic fall from the top of an inflatable waterslide” and goes on to describe the wife and mother as “Everyone’s favorite teacher and friend, Valerie is the epitome of positivity, spunk, and our very own ray of sunshine!”
Maria Knight, a family friend who organized the fundraiser, told WTOC the accident has “changed everything for us. It just helps you to understand that you need to love on your people, which is exactly what we’re doing right now.”
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