Nancy Russell

First post: May 6, 2020 Latest post: Dec 13, 2020
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As many of you know, Nancy fell down the stairs at home late at night on May 5th and suffered a serious spinal cord injury. She’s in the ICU at Skyridge Hospital. An MRI revealed that she has a badly bruised spinal cord and also fractured her C1 and C2 vertebrae in her neck. The fracture in her neck also damaged one of the blood vessels that supplies blood to her brain. In addition, she has a hematoma between her throat and spine.

Because of this, Nancy’s experiencing paralysis from the neck down with no sensation below her neck, however, she could move her right leg. It’s too early to know if the paralysis is due to trauma/inflammation or if the damage is more severe.

Nancy underwent surgery the morning of May 6th to remove the back wall of her spinal canal to help accommodate the inflammation that the doctors anticipate to develop. She tolerated the surgery well and is sedated to provide stability and help her body rest and recover. She’s also intubated to assist with her breathing, due to the spinal cord injury and hematoma.

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