Buffalo Bills’ Everett will walk again…Medical Miracle…

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Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills voluntarily moved his arms and legs on Tuesday when awakened, prompting a neurosurgeon to say the Buffalo Bills’ tight end would walk again. Just one day before, the prognosis was grim. 

“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, neurological surgeon at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Green said he’s been consulting with doctors in Buffalo since Everett suffered an injury at the beginning of the second half. At full speed, the hit to Everett didn’t look like much, but was enough to cause a life threatening injury after ducking his head while tackling the Denver Broncos’ Domenik Hixon. Everett dropped face-first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.

Asked whether Everett will have a chance to fully recover, Green said: “It’s feasible, but it’s not 100 percent predictable at this time. … But it’s feasible he could lead a normal life.”

In a report Tuesday evening, Buffalo’s WIVB-TV in Buffalo quoted Cappuccino as saying: “We may be witnessing a minor miracle.” Bills owner Ralph Wilson said the team has been in contact from the beginning with doctors in Miami and the news appears to be very promising. 

Everett’s agent, Brian Overstreet, also said Everett’s mother told him the player moved his arms and legs when awakened from a deeply sedated sleep.

“I don’t know if I would call it a miracle. I would call it a spectacular example of what people can do,” Green said. “To me, it’s like putting the first man on the moon or splitting the atom. We’ve shown that if the right treatment is given to people who have a catastrophic injury that they could walk away from it.”

Green said the key was the quick action taken by Cappuccino to run an ice-cold saline solution through Everett’s system which effectively put him in a hypothermic state. “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.”

Everett remains in intensive care and will be slowly taken off sedation and have his body temperature warmed over the next day, Green said. Doctors will also take the player off a respirator.

“It’s an amazing group of circumstances. It’s a home run. It’s a touchdown,” Green said.

All of us here in Buffalo wish Everett and his family the best and we are all pulling for a speedy and full recovery.

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Posted on September 12, 2007, in Health Care, Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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