Oh my aching neck!
September 17, 2013 7:49 PM Subscribe
A friend was injured in a fall a few days ago. We were told by family members that he had broken his neck and might be paralyzed. His spouse has given some puzzling information about his treatments and my question is if these treatments seem plausible. YANHD etc.
posted by tamitang to health & fitness (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So our very good friend fell about eight feet off a ladder about four days ago, landing mostly face first. He was air-lifted to the hospital. The first night we were told by family that his chance of survival was slim as he had broken his neck at C1-C3 and most of the bones in his face. He had undergone surgery. The next day we were told that he was off the respirator and doing much better, and that they had removed the three broken vertebrae. He was able to talk and move both arms and was lucid. After another surgery today, he has some tingling in his legs so all in all, things are looking much better.
However, we are very puzzled about the statement about the removal of the vertebrae. Is this even possible? He is not in a halo or a cervical collar of any kind. YANHD (you are not his doctor) but does this scenario seem plausible? We don't have access to the doctor ourselves or we would ask. We are just trying to figure out if maybe they have misunderstood. We don't intend to interfere in any way.