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?
There are a few things you have to be concerned about. I would see about getting a physical therapist to come to the house to teach you range of motion exercises. His limbs will need to be kept limber while he can't use them himself. He will also need good nutrition so he has adequate protein and vitamin intake to protect his skin. He should probably have a specialty mattress to relieve the pressure on his skin. He will also need to have his positioned changed and be moved around since immobility can cause pneumonia. I could write a book,lol. I'm much better at showing how then talking about it. This is part of what I've done for a living all these years,lol
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