My friend has a 16 year old relative in Gentry Arkansas who was injured at the t9/ 10 level some years ago, but didn't realize it since there were few symptoms. A couple weeks ago he had back pain, which then led to partial payalysis. Doctors found that t9/10 were broken. It looks as though he needs surgery, but he needs a referal to a surgeon before they touch him. His insurance is limited, if he has any at all. He is in constant pain, with limited mobility.

What are the first steps he should take to ensure he gets the best possible care given his coverage situation, or lack there of? Sorry for the limited details, this is third hand info. If anyone has any suggested contact information based on his location and situation, please provide that in your response.

Thank you!