Spencer is out of surgery. It lasted a total of 8 hours. They had to collapse his left lung to access his spine anteriorly. The neurosurgeon said that it is a miracle that he is not paralyzed. When they removed the bone fragments that were intruding into the spinal canal, they saw that the dura mater had scratches and if it were a mm closer he would be paralyzed. Because this irritation occurred, they needed to place a spinal fluid drain that comes out of his back and will be in there for at least 4-5 days.
The doctors also found a fracture in the C5 cervical vertebrae. They will wait until he can begin to sit more vertically so they can take some better x-rays. He is in good spirits. You know Spence is a chronic optimist and this will serve him well in the days to come.
He is in critical condition in the SICU and we are not out of the woods yet but we have been afforded a great gift in all of this and he will mend in time. Our family is all here together and we are strong and so is he.
Thanks to everyone for your good wishes, we’re very grateful! We’ve been reading all the texts and Facebook messages to him and he is loving it.
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