One week ago my cousin was in a car accident. She broke in half the c1 and has a hairline fracture in the c2. She is alert and can answer questions by blinking her eyes and has, in the past 2 days, started to mouth words. She has been on a ventilator but a treach was put in yesterday and her breathing is 70% as of this morning. Several hours after the accident a nurse was trying to remove Emily's wedding ring and Emily, who was unconscious, was fighting the nurse and wouldn't let go. She has had no other hand movement since. She has been able to feel the doctors and nurses pinching her arms and legs. They will touch a part of her body and she can mouth exact locations where they are touching ie: right big toe, left pinky.
We know there is a really long road ahead for Emily. These things give us hope. I can't find anything online that shows someone with this injury being able to feel touch like this. Is this normal? Is this a really good sign?
The doctor said there is cord damage but I don't know how much. He also said that she streched the vertebrae down to the c7 and made a comment that this is a worse injury than Christopher Reeve. This confuses me as Emily is breathing so well and can feel touch.