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Tuesday, September 11th 2007

The Everett Injury


Pretty Brutal To Watch

Thanks doc, for being so on the nose. I know Kevin Everett and/or his family told you you could talk to the press; I know the press is clamoring for info. But maybe you should’ve been more…open ended in the initial assesment of Everett’s prognosis. Just kidding.

This is very hopeful news. My thoughts and prayers are with Kevin Everett and his family.

On Monday, Bills orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, said Everett likely wouldn’t walk again.

“I believe there will be some permanent neurologic deficit.”

“Based on our experience, the fact that he’s moving so well, so early after such a catastrophic injury means he will walk again,” said Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami school of medicine.

“It’s totally spectacular, totally unexpected,” Green told The Associated Press by telephone from Miami.

Green said the key was the quick action taken by Cappuccino to run an ice-cold saline solution through Everett’s system that put the player in a hypothermic state. Doctors at the Miami Project have demonstrated in their laboratories that such action significantly decreases the damage to the spinal cord due to swelling and movement.

“We’ve been doing a protocol on humans and having similar experiences for many months now,” Green said. “But this is the first time I’m aware of that the doctor was with the patient when he was injured and the hypothermia was started within minutes of the injury. We know the earlier it’s started, the better.”

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