It is sad to see what has been happening in Baltimore over the last 24 hours. While the news has focused recently on the rioters and violence, I want to change the focus to the spinal cord injury Freddie Gray received.
The amount of trauma that caused Gray’s injury is hard to imagine. It required a lot of effort and force to cause such a disability, especially if Gray didn’t have any history of neurological disorders.
At the time of the injury, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately to minimize the severity of the spinal cord injury. According to reports, Gray rode in the police van for at least 30 minutes before receiving medical aide.
An injury to the cervical level of the spinal cord (C1-C8 vertebrae) is the most severe because it affects the communication between the brain and the nerves that control the most vital organs of the body, the heart, lungs, esophagus and diaphragm.
The Baltimore Sun published an article about how forceful trauma can cause such an injury: http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-gray-injuries-20150420-story.html.
Let’s continue to pray for the people of Baltimore, and that the unrest will end between the police and the citizens of our country.