A Georgia college graduate was reportedly left paralyzed after dissecting four arteries during a routine chiropractor visit!
On June 16, Caitlin Jensen, 28, a recent graduate from Georgia Southern University, went to an unnamed chiropractor’s office in Savannah, Ga., for a routine neck treatment. Soon after the adjustment, Jensen was rushed to the Memorial Health emergency room, where tests revealed she had four dissected arteries in her neck, according to the GoFundMe dedicated to raising money for her excessive amount of medical bills and therapy.
“This damage led to cardiac arrest and a stroke, as well as a loss of pulse for over 10 minutes after which she was revived,” the fundraising page explains. “Once the doctors were able to stabilize Caitlin, she was rushed to surgery. Doctors were able to repair some tears and placed a stent in one artery.”
Caitlin’s mother, Darlene Jensen, told WSB-TV that the surgeons who operated on her daughter believed the stroke happened “as a direct result of the neck manipulation.”
Chiropractor Dr. Steve Ranicki states that Jensen’s condition is quite rare but likely, per WJCL.
“Those dissections will often produce symptoms of headache and neck pain, which drive people to a doctor’s office,” Dr. Ranicki said. “Once they’ve gone to the medical doctor or chiropractor, the likelihood is, unfortunately, a stroke will occur.”
“Sometimes it’s as simple as going to a hair salon and having your neck tilted back in that bowl for an extended period while they’re washing your hair. Or it just could be horseplay or who knows what,” Ranicki said.
WJCL reportedly attempted to contact the chiropractor Jensen visited but refused to comment due to HIPAA laws.
Caitlin’s brother, Caleb Johnson, says his sister’s condition has made her movements feeble.
“She’s able to open her eyes every now and then and wake up a little bit. And kind of move her hands to squeeze a little. But that’s it,” Johnson said.
Jensen’s family hopes to eventually transport Caitlin to the Shepard Center in Atlanta when she is stable enough to leave Memorial’s ICU.