Nick Pendergrast has opened up about something both very personal and, quite literally, very painful.
The former reality TV star, who helped anchor Season 4 of Married at First Sight, shared details late this week regarding a near-fatal workplace accident that took place six months ago.
In a lengthy and emotional Instagram post on Friday, Pendergrast explained – for the first time to the public – that he is now partially paralyzed and that he was also forced to relocate from partner Heather Yerrid and their twins in order to receive proper care.
Heavy, sad stuff.
“It’s been a life changing and devastating 2019.
“I knew for myself I needed to be in a better mental state to share what happened to me in January,” Pendergrast said at the outset of his message, which accompanied the photos above and below.
“I don’t really know if I am truly ready to open up about all of it in fear of how it will be received. What I am sure of, I need all the support I can get right now to make it through this,” he continued.
“These pictures were taken so that if I survived, I could see how far I have come to give me hope for the future.”
From here, Nick went on to detail exactly what transpired back in January.
Along with how it affected his relationship.
“I was in an unfortunate severe accident while on the job. When Heather arrived to the ER, she was told they didn’t know if I was going to make it through the night.
“January 22nd, I was found submerged in water for hours, with severe hypothermia, multiple pelvic fractures, severely comminuted sacral fractures, Morel-Lavallee, and more.”
Pendergrast didn’t go into any further detail about the incident, focusing instead on the aftermath.
“It’s been 6 and a half months and I finally feel like I’ve gotten a straight answer about what the future may hold,” he wrote.
“The nerve damage caused by the blunt trauma has left me partially paralyzed.”
The entire experience has obviously been brand new for Nick.
Brand new and scary, he says.
“Up until 2019, I had never met anyone in a wheelchair or knew of anyone in my circle that had experienced this type of thing.
“I had to relocate to a place that had the best doctors to save my life, and the best environment to regain any functionality in my lower body.”
Pendergrast says the “past 6 months have been lonely, depressing, scary, stressful, and difficult,” but he’s now trying to keep a positive frame of mind.
This is how he wrapped up his post:
Just recently, my goal has been to learn how to become independent again as a disabled individual. I have the support of my family.
Heather brings one child at a time to see me since she can’t yet travel with two. I am fighting every day to stay sane, motivated, and in high spirits.
It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I have gained empathy, compassion, and gratitude through this and hope to gain more.
If nothing else, I just want to be able to walk again.
If anyone has experienced this and has a similar story, where they were told they will never walk again and did, I would love to hear from you. Even if you were told you’d never walk again and didn’t, I would love to hear how you have coped and moved forward.
I am asking for your prayers, love, and hope through this difficult journey.
In February of 2018, Pendergrast and Yerrid (pictured directly above) welcomed twins, a baby boy named Logan Joseph and a girl named Layla Rae.
Throughout his recovery, Pendergrast said he’s only been able to see one child a time because Yerrid can’t yet travel with both.
The Married at First Sight star was previously married to castmate Sonia Granados, but they filed for divorce after almost a year of marriage in 2017.
We send Nick all of our thoughts and prayers.