Daily Archives: September 16, 2007
Science Daily — The 15 minutes it took to remove Buffalo Bills player Kevin Everett off the field after he suffered a spinal cord injury may seem like a long time for someone needing acute medical care, but in fact, those minutes underscore how critical it is to carefully move a player with a suspected spinal cord injury off the field.
It also highlights the challenges faced when needing to minimize any further movement to an injured spinal cord.
The Miami Project Develops Cooling Therapy Like That Used to Treat
Against all odds, Buffalo Bills’ tight end Kevin Everett, who sustained a disastrous spinal injury during the Bills’ season opener Sept. 9, has been exhibiting significant signs of improvement this week.
Everett’s progress is stunning, coming after the announcement from the team’s orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, that it was unlikely Everett would ever walk again. But in the days after this grim, initial prognosis, Everett’s condition began to improve. He is now conscious and has regained a small degree of movement in his ankles, legs and arms.
There’s a reason that a broken neck or back is considered to be one of the most tragic of injuries. If the spinal cord snaps, the brain loses its ability to communicate with the rest of the body, and the limbs to talk to each other. What most people don’t realize is that when it comes to locomotion, the second problem is actually worse than the first. The chicken with its head cut off can still run around, thanks to its spinal cord: The brain gave the signal to get going, then became superfluous to requirements. But if the limbs can’t “speak” to each other to coordinate, then walking is impossible.
Eighteen-year-old Lars Veen, a freeskier from Norway, was training for a competition in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., when he overshot a landing during a jump, fractured his spine and was paralyzed from the chest down.
Although more than three years have passed since his accident, Veen is still swamped with the trauma associated with his injury and the bills that come with Rehabilitation and recovery.
Part of Veen’s medical costs have been paid for by Stand Strong Again, an organization that helps extreme athletes who have suffered spinal cord or other neuro-related injuries while performing a sport. So far, it has helped with the medical bills of four athletes.
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Within minutes of the hit that left Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett lying on the turf with a catastrophic spine injury, doctors were pumping cold saline into him.
The rapid response could be part of the reason why Everett has reportedly been able to move his leg, hip, elbows and biceps, according to W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., a professor of neurological surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where Everett is receiving care. Doctors treating the athlete, who was only in his third year in the NFL, now say walking may not be out of the question. Earlier this week, the prognosis was less hopeful.
Kevin Everett is showing some movement in both hands and greater strength in his leg muscles, further positive signs for the Buffalo Bills tight end following a life-threatening spinal-cord injury.
“Kevin Everett remains medically stable in the intensive care unit, and continues to make daily improvement in his neurological status,” Bills doctor John Marzo said Monday in a statement released by the team.
Marzo provided his evaluation after the player was examined Sunday evening by Bills orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino.
At the bedside of paralyzed Bills player, sheembodies can-do spirit for the long road back
She arrived at Millard Fillmore Hospital dressed in her Sunday best, which in Buffalo during autumn means a red Bills sweat shirt and jeans. Kevin Everett’s mother has been in Western New York for a full week since he suffered a spinal cord injury that threatened his life and ended his football career.
Patricia Dugas has experienced the gamut of emotions. She was upbeat and laughing Sunday, grateful for the support her son has received since he crumpled to the turf in Ralph Wilson Stadium last weekend. His hospital walls are lined with pictures and letters of encouragement from football fans and children across the country.