On June 16, Caitlin Jensen, a Georgia Southern University graduate "became ill" following the adjustment and eventually had to be hospitalized.
A woman has been paralyzed following an appointment with a chiropractor. Per reports, Caitlin Jensen was left with four dissected arteries after visiting a chiropractor for an "adjustment to her neck." On June 16, the Georgia Southern University graduate "became ill" following the adjustment and eventually had to be hospitalized.
Following a series of tests, it was revealed that she had four dissected arteries within her neck, according to a GoFundMe page that was created to raise money for her medical expenses. "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," read the fundraising page.
Thankfully, doctors managed to save her life. "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," it added. Doctors believe that the stroke was "a direct result of the neck manipulation," Jensen's devastated mother Darlene Jensen told WSB-TV.
"The surgeon ... that saved her life, and every other doctor that has looked at her, have all agreed that this happened as a direct result of the neck manipulation," Caitlin continued. "The chiropractor called 911 and then called me and told me that she was 'having a reaction to the treatment.'" That being said, the cause of her injury has not been officially determined. The girl's family has retained legal counsel but the name of the chiropractor has not been revealed.
It's been almost a month since Caitlin suffered injuries and she remains in critical condition in the neurological ICU at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. Whenever she regains consciousness, she only responds to verbal commands by blinking her eyes and wiggling her toes on her left foot after suffering a traumatic brain injury. "However, the rest of her body sits in a state of paralysis due to the injury," reads the GoFundMe page. Her brother Caleb Jensen told WJCL that his sister is "able to open her eyes now and then and wake up a little bit. And kind of move her hands to squeeze a little. But that's it."
Dr. Steve Ranicki, a Georgia chiropractor, revealed that whatever happened to Caitlin is "incredibly rare." Dr. Ranicki added that artery dissections like these "often produce symptoms of headache and neck pain, which then drive people to a doctor's office." He added, "Once they've gone to the medical doctor or chiropractor the likelihood is, unfortunately, a stroke will occur."