My brother, age 62, who recently retired had a freak accident on January 19, 2013. He tripped, fell and did a face plant on the ground resulting in two crushed vertebrae and paralysis from the neck down. After surgery to remove fragments of vertebrae that were impinging on his spinal cord, he was told that he would regain use of his body and be able to lead a normal life. Has anyone experienced or know someone who has experienced this type of paralysis? How long does it take to return to a normal life and what types of complications might he have with regard to being paralyzed?