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    25 days later

    My little brother was a victim of a random act of gun violence 3 1/2 weeks ago. The hospital staff even said it was worse then Chrisopher Reeves injury and that they have not seen any injury that high ever. He was shot in the C-1 vertibrae, and the Neurology Practitioner said the bullet entered his C-1 and penetrated the spinal cord and is currently lodged in the spinal cord on the other side and said that it is best not to even operate, because history has shown that their is very little possible benifit and more potential harm. currently all he can do is shrug his shoulder a little bit and more his face and head a little bit. and is ventilator dependent, but his is responsive and communicate a little using a blinks and an alpha nuemeric board. they said that his C-1 is fractured, he said there pretty much was a hole in it with the bone pretty much pulverized where the hole is situated. i just wanted to know if anybody knows much about leaving bullets in the spinal cord, and any other information.

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    Senior Member lynnifer's Avatar
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    Hi Jessman - I can't answer your question but I've moved your post to the New SCI area where it will garnish more hits.

    I'm sorry about your brother and have no advice to give, save to say that you're a wonderful brother trying to find out as much information as you can to help him. This is a great site hosted by a wonderful researcher, along with some priceless nurses with their wealth of info. There are other gun shot victims here, hopefully someone will chime in soon with some ideas.

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    So sorry about your brother, but I am glad you found us. I will ask Dr. Young to comment about the bullet, but meanwhile, where is your brother? How old is he? What plans are there for moving him on to a specialty SCI rehabilitation program? Are they taking great care to prevent any pressure ulcers or other skin breakdown? Can you ask the doctors about his actual neurologic level and ASIA classification?

    Please come back and ask any questions. We will help as much as we can.


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    Jeez, another person paralyzed because of gun violence. I for one is a victim of gun violence too; it was a drive by shooting. The right to bare arms my fu**ing ass. This law needs to change, we are not living in the 18th century where people needs guns to protect themselves during the times when wars are frequent. Now, the US is the gun violence capital of the world. Now, I'm sure some of you gun lovers will jump in and defend this law.

    Ok back to the topic. My friend that was with me that time was also hit too, and paralyzed. In the hospital, doctors and nurses were amazed that 2 people are paralyzed at the same time from the same incident, we were like celebrities in the hospital during our +2 months stay. My friend was hit in the T1 vertebrae directly, and the 9mm bullet bounced upwards towards his neck and lodged in next to his c vertebrae(forgot which c level). The surgeons never took out the bullet either, as they said its not harmal to the surrounding tissue, plus it would be difficult removing the bullet. Your brother's situation is different, where the bullet is lodged in his spinal canal? If thats the case, through commen sense, isn't it better to take out the bullet thats in the canal? I would think having a bullet right in the cord would defeat any chances of a possible small return. I wonder how difficult it is to take out the bullet.
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    My brother is at HARBOR-UCLA county hospital, in Los Angeles, California. He is 21 years old, and he may be going to Rancho Los Domingo... as far as pressure ulcers and skin break down they are turning him every 2 hours. as far as neurologic level and asia classification i will ask later today, but i beleive he has a complete spinal injury.

    thank you very much for any information.

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    hi jessman, i don't have an answer to your question, just wanted to say that it's a good sign that he csan shrug his shoulders. how's he holding up? if he wants to communicate with other quads, i'm sure a lot around here, including me, would be happy to do so. you must be going through a lot too and there are others here who went through that too.
    i hope he has a speedy recovery

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    Rancho Los Amigos (in Downey) is an excellent rehabilitation facility. It is an LA County System hospital, and a SCI Model Systems Center.

    When you get there, be sure to hook up with the SCI clinical nurse specialist, Marilyn Pires. She is a wealth of information and assistance and is an internationally recognized expert in SCI care. I hope he able to be moved ASAP.

    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 09-09-2007 at 01:03 PM.

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    I'm so sorry to read this about your brother. My sympathies to you and your family at this trying time.

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    thank you for the comments and concern, im sure he would like to communicate with alot of you. but i guess we will have to wait to find out what kind of ways we can use to help him communicate. but does anybody have any kind of information about surgery to remove the bullet logded in his spine?

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    sensation question

    I was mentioning that my brother has a bullet in the c-1... in his actual spinal cord. he says he feels some pressure when his left arm is touched, sometimes; but sometimes he doesnt. and when his left leg spasms he says he feels it. and says he some times has some slight sensation on his left side and in his chest. and for the most part his left side is the only side i see ever spasm. oh yeah, when his leg hairs on his left leg are pulled he spasms (is that just a reflex). i was wondering what this all means if anything... any info on this would be greatly appreciated... and if anyone has any information if the bullet in his spine should be left in or not, would be greatly appreciated.

    thanx alot.

    p.s. his injury occured a month ago.

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