Daily Archives: May 17, 2007

A medical miracle

Egad!

Shannon Malloy was critically injured Jan. 25 when a car crash slammed her into the dashboard.

Her skull separated from her spine, although her skin, spinal cord and other internal organs remained intact.

The rare condition is known as clinically as internal decapitation, and it left her with no control over her head.

My first question is how did she not die immediately?

(Dr. Gary) Ghiselli said a will to survive kept Malloy, 30, alive long enough for surgeons to insert screws in her head and neck and attach a halo to minimize movement — no easy task.

“My skull slipped off my neck about five times,” Malloy said. “Every time they tried to screw this to my head, I would slip.”

Doctors eventually stabilized her head and strengthened her neck. The halo has since been removed.

“It’s a miracle that she was able to survive from the actual accident,” Ghiselli said. “It’s a miracle that she’s made the progress that she’s made.”

An amazing story.  I am now off to make sure that Dr. Ghiselli’s phone numbers are stored in my cell phone.

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