Good news for Kevin Everett. The Buffalo Bills TE had voluntary movement in his arms and legs and now the doctor who performed the spinal surgery on him says that he is optimistic about Everett walking again.
Dr. Andrew Cappuccino told Buffalo TV station WIVB that the sedation levels on Everett were lowered today, thus letting him respond to verbal commands. The latest MRI also reveals only a small amount of swelling on his spinal cord.
Everett was injured on Sunday when he tackled Denver Broncos’ Domenik Hixon in the second half. He fell face first on the field.
Now the question is whether Everett will fully recover. Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine says that it is possible, but at this time it’s not “100% predicable at this time but he could lead a normal life.”
Dr. Green credits Dr. Cappuccino’s quick action of running an ice cold saline solution through Everett’s body that placed him in a hypothermic state. Studies have shown that this significantly decreases the damage to the spinal cord due to swelling and movement.
Everett is still in intensive care and they will slowly take him off sedation. They will warm his body temperature over the course of the next day, and take him off of the respirator.