Local Medical Intervention Prevents Paralysis for Steamboat Resident with Neck Injury

Spine Injury

In Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Chad Whitaker’s journey from a harrowing neck injury to recovery testifies to the swift and meticulous care he received following a near-fatal car accident. Whitaker was transported to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center with unstable vital signs and troubling symptoms of numbness and tingling after an out-of-state vehicle crash.

Medical professionals at the hospital determined that Whitaker had sustained an incomplete fracture in his neck at the C6-C7 vertebrae. This type of injury, if left untreated, could lead to permanent paralysis, but Whitaker’s spinal cord was not fully severed, offering a glimmer of hope for recovery.

Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. J. Alex Sielatycki executed a rapid and decisive surgical plan for Whitaker. The initial operation aimed to remove pressure from the spinal cord and align the dislocated vertebrae. Complications arose when a hematoma put Whitaker at risk of losing leg function, necessitating two more surgeries in under 48 hours to clear the threat of paralysis.

Beyond the operating room, Whitaker’s recovery depended largely on the care provided by the hospital staff and his subsequent rigorous rehabilitation regimen. His wife, Lily Lewis, commended the local medical team for the world-class treatment that enabled her husband to walk again, asserting their crucial role in his astonishing recovery.

Source: UCHealth Today

LETS GET IN CONTACT

For immediate assistance, please call 855.586.2615
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.