A cervical spine fusion gone wrong. Sliced esophagus, went undetected for a week. Taken by Life Flight to another hospital. Five inch section of esophagus was gone. No idea how i was still alive. Told wife, if I survived I would not speak drink or eat again. Three weeks on life support. Three months in hospital. 5 and 6 inch stents in esophagus and was regrown from scar tissue. Bad part, spinal hardware was exposed to infection. But, the kicker is, the hardware is encased by scar tissue and visible in the esophagus when EGD’s are performed.