Michael Arsenault

First post: Jan 3, 2021 Latest post: Feb 7, 2021
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On Saturday, January 2, Michael was playing hockey when he suffered an injury causing severe neck and back pain and brief loss of feeling in his arms and legs. We took him to the hospital where he was initially diagnosed with two unstable fractures in his neck, compromising his vertebral canal, but thankfully not significantly impinging his spinal cord. He was transported to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Tampa via ambulance as there was weather and the helicopter was not cleared to fly. After additional imaging, he was diagnosed with 3 cervical fracture C5-7, and 3 compression fractures in his thoracic spine, T10-12.
On January 5th he had surgery to repair the neck fractures. The thoracic fractures do not need repair. At the time of surgery, the ligament damage was noted to be more extensive causing some additional instability of C4 and C5. Rods and screws were placed to stabilize from C4-T2 which went well. The doctor said that it was an absolute miracle that he was not paralyzed from this injury. He will be braced for 3-5 months to aid in his recovery.
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