On Easter Sunday in 2018, James Clark, 91, of Henderson went to visit the gravesite of his late wife. He cleaned the grave, said some prayers, and returned to his car. As he was leaving the cemetery, he collided with another vehicle.
Clark was rushed to Duke University Hospital, where doctors discovered his spinal column was severed in two.
When patients have such traumatic injuries to their spinal column, the series of bones that support your body and protect your spinal cord, it’s usually associated with an injury to your spinal cord, Dr. Goodwin explained. The spinal cord makes up part of the body’s central nervous system. In the majority of cases involving spinal cord injury, people are paralyzed or neurologically impaired. That wasn’t the case for Clark.