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    South Bay ER doctor's recovery after surfing accident left him a quadriplegic

    http://www.ktvu.com/news/south-bay-e...a-quadriplegic

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - A true "Christmas miracle." That's how some people describe the extraordinary case of Dr. Matthew Wetschler. The Valley Medical Center emergency room doctor had a surfing accident in November that left him a quadriplegic. Days before Christmas, Wetschler is walking and talking about his ordeal.

    Sometimes smallest steps traverse the greatest distances. In a San Jose rehab facility, Doctor Matt Wetschler is walking toward his future.

    "Those first steps were joyful, and I don't say that word often, but it was a deep feeling of joy," said Wetschler, as he sat in front of a bank of television and newspaper cameras.

    His new found joy comes after a colossal spinal cord injury that turned this Valley Medical Center emergency room doctor into a patient at the hospital...

    ...neurosurgeons performed "ultra-early" surgery, fusing metal rods to five vertebrae, while at the same time micromanaging blood flow to his spinal cord. The theoretical approach proved successful, and is now a template for treating spinal cord injuries.
    "We've been able to disprove the notion that spinal cord injuries are permanent and irreversible. Matt is yet another example of somebody who shouldn't have recovered, but he did," said Dr. Dahall.


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    It's called "spinal shock" not "miracle" since ASIA evaluations aren't reliable until 3 months.
    But, ok, miracle. How do they know he "shouldn't have recovered" and what exactly is "ultra-early" and "micromanaging blood flow"?
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    "We've been able to disprove the notion that spinal cord injuries are permanent and irreversible. Matt is yet another example of somebody who shouldn't have recovered, but he did," said Dr. Dahall.
    He's a perfect example of someone who would recover, who did recover!

    What do you call someone who comes bottom of their class at Doctor school ?

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    Most probably what in football is called a "stinger", where paralysis can last up to 24-48 hours. Some call it a spinal concussion. Lucky. Wish that the press would not always get this type of story all screwed up...

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    Yea the reporter is just ill informed, he has central cord syndrome, ASIA D so very weak and poor controlled hands but strong lower extremity movement, he was just luckier than most.

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    God granted him a miracle, but left me out. Darn the luck. Santa didn't bring me a new T6 either. Just a fat man in a red suit, I guess......

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    Yup, God either hates me or I'm just not working hard enough!

    I still want to know what micromanaging blood flow means.
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