A newlywed couple had to test their vows just days after the knot, when the honeymoon turned into a life-changing disease for the groom.

Adam and Bridget Spoerri from Wisconsin got married in July.

After their wedding, they made a road trip and both were suspected of catching a cold – but while Mrs. Spoerri's illness disappeared on her own, her husband did not seem to recover.

They spent almost every day in the hospital, as Mr. Spoerri is slowly recovering from a debilitating polio-like illness that usually occurs in children, reports Fox News.

media cameraThe happy couple on their wedding day in July. Picture: GoFundMe

Ms. Spoerri said that she spent one night with her husband at her home before she was sent to the emergency room on 5 August.

"His head became very weak. He could not swallow and then he was breathing heavily, "said Mrs. Spoerri to Fox 6 Now.

It would take two months for Mr. Spoerri, 30, to be diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which his family claimed to be at risk from immunosuppressive drugs he took for asthma and Crohn's disease.

media cameraThe honeymoon of the couple took a cruel turn. Picture: GoFundMe

AFM is a rare, serious condition that affects the nervous system and causes sudden weakness of the arms or legs as well as loss of muscle tone and reflexes. It can also lead to facial sagging, moving eyes, flabby eyelids or difficulty swallowing.

In the most severe cases, respiratory arrest may occur, requiring patients such as Mr. Spoerri to use a ventilator. Most patients recover, but others may experience persistent weakness or other complications.

Mr. Spoerri and his wife have communicated on a notepad because he can move his hands and wrists to write, such as a GoFundMe page. According to the site, doctors have weaned him from the ventilator.

media cameraThe groom now stays in a long-term care facility and it is not known how long it will take to recover. Picture: GoFundMe

"I thought he would die every day for the first two weeks," said Ms. Spoerri, a high school English teacher Journal Sentinel, "I had no hope."

Mr. Spoerri has since moved out of a medical center and is now being treated in a long-term care facility, but it is not clear how long he will recover.

"Adam and his wife have shown such strength throughout the illness," said Taylor Finseth, Mr. Spoerris neurologist Journal Sentinel, "You really wonder. The love his wife shows for him is incredible. "

This article originally appeared in Fox News and was reproduced with permission

Originally released as the "cold" of the groom, this becomes a nightmare



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