Tom Berg

First post: Feb 18, 2022 Latest post: Jul 20, 2022
Welcome to the Caring Bridge site for Thomas Berg.  We are using this site to keep friends and family updated on his condition thru his journey.  Tom had a fall on February 7th  which resulted in severe damage to his neck and spinal cord.  The injury affected the soft tissue, vertebrae and spinal cord in his neck.  He was brought to Regions Hospital and after an MRI was performed it was determined that he also had a blood clot around the spinal cord which needed emergency surgery to remove the clot and relieve the pressure from his spinal cord that was causing him extreme pain in his arms, neck and shoulders. Tom was in surgery for approximately 6 hours.  They removed the majority of the blood clot and two bones in his neck that were putting pressure on the spinal cord.  They also installed hardware which included rods and screws to sustain his neck.  The surgery was successful.  Days after the surgery Tom was now able to move his hands, fingers, feet and toes which he could not do prior to the surgery.  On February 11th Toms' blood pressure dropped suddenly and he went into cardiac arrest at approximately 9:00 AM that morning.  The ICU team performed CPR on him for 13 minutes to get his heart functioning satisfactorily and reinserted the vent they had removed two days prior.  Tom did not regain consciousness after the cardiac arrest .  He now appears to be responding to sounds and moving his eyes slightly but doctors are unsure if this is involuntary movements or deliberate .  He is currently still vented but does sustain breathing on his own for 30 minutes when tested daily .  At this point we are taking steps one day at a time and ask for your continued prayers in Tom's recovery.

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