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Bills TE has ‘catastrophic’ spinal injury

Published: September 10, 2007

Kevin Everett sustained a “catastrophic” and life-threatening spinal-cord injury while trying to make a tackle in the Buffalo Bills’ season-opening loss to Denver and is unlikely to walk again, the surgeon who operated on him said yesterday.

“A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely,” orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino said. “I believe there will be some permanent neurologic deficit.”

Everett’s spinal injury ‘catastrophic’

Published: September 10, 2007

Bills punter Brian Moorman stood on the sideline desperately waiting for teammate Kevin Everett to get up or show any sign he was OK. When the reserve tight end failed to do so as he was immobilized and carefully loaded into an ambulance after sustaining a severe spinal cord injury, Moorman knew it was serious.

“It brought tears to my eyes,” Moorman said Monday, recalling how a day earlier he watched helplessly during the Bills season opener against Denver, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.

Those fears were confirmed Monday when the team’s orthopedic surgeon, Andrew Cappuccino, announced Everett will unlikely be able to walk again after sustaining a “catastrophic” and life-threatening injury.

Doctor says Bills player injury “potentially lethal”

Published: September 10, 2007

everettBUFFALO, United States (AFP) — Buffalo reserve tight end Kevin Everett suffered a “potentially lethal” spinal injury in the Bills’ National Football League season-opener, his doctors said Monday.

Everett, 25, had emergency surgery Sunday night after suffering what team doctor John Marzo called a “fracture/dislocation of the Cervical spine and injury to the spinal cord.”

Orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino said Everett had feeling in his limbs, but acknowledged the prospect of the player making a complete recovery remained “bleak”.

Craig Hospital Doctors Analyze Everett’s Injury

Published: September 10, 2007

spinal(CBS4) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Experts in spinal cord injuries at Craig Hospital in Englewood said Monday there appears to be some signs of hope as Buffalo Bills’ player Kevin Everett is treated for a neck injury suffered during Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Doctors treating Everett in Buffalo said there are some signs of movement and sensation throughout Everett’s body.

“There’s some messages getting through that makes you feel a little bit more optimistic that the cord wasn’t hurt across its entire diameter,” said Dr. Tom Balazy, Craig Hospital’s Medical Director.

Welcome back, Woods

Published: September 10, 2007

footballSophomore wide receiver Artrell Woods makes a catch in the Spring game. Woods is steadily making progress as he continues to rehabilitate his back injury.

When sophomore wide receiver Artrell Woods was hurt in a weightlifting accident in the offseason, it was unclear whether he would be able to play football or even walk again.

On July 13, he suffered a fracture dislocation of Vertebrae and an incomplete spinal cord injury.

On Saturday, Woods was standing on his own two feet on OSU’s sideline as the Cowboys beat Florida Atlantic.

Tadalafil Helps Spinal Cord Injury Patients With Erectile Dysfunction

Published: September 10, 2007

Men with spinal cord injuries appear to have better erectile function when they take tadalafil, according to a report published in Archives of Neurology (JAMA/Archives), November 2007 issue.

Spinal cord injuries are much more common than many people realize; globally about 10.4 to 83 people per million are affected by spinal cord injuries annually, say the authors. “Throughout the world, spinal cord injury occurs most often in young men, resulting in negative physical, social and psychological consequences. Erectile dysfunction, defined as the inability to attain and maintain penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance, is a common complication in men with spinal cord injury.”