When I saw this patient’s CT, I knew he had severed the spinal cord and had no chance for neurological recovery. We took him to surgery to stabilize the spine so he could sit in a wheelchair and transfer without unbearable pain and worsening spinal deformity.
The surgery was the easy part.
The difficult part was his recovery. Countless hours spent by physical therapists, nurses, rehab doctors, and family members were critical to help him regain his ability to live independently and enjoy life again.
Maybe someday we will be able to cure a spinal cord injury like this. However, the miracle of spinal cord injuries, to me, is the patients who seem to find ways to live life fully again and find happiness.
Many of them do.