Spinal Cord injuries alter the function of peoples movement, muscle movement, and sensation of a person either temporarily or permanently.
Christopher Reeve was diagnoses as Quadriplegic after a spinal injury in 1995, when he was 42.
During a competition Reeve's horse took an abrupt stop causing him to fly forwards off his horse. He tangled himself in the reins of the horse and then fell hitting his neck, and crushing his first and second vertebrae. Causing him to be paralyzed from the neck down.
When the paramedics came they immediately took action to keep him breathing. While being careful since his skull was no longer connected to his spine.
To diagnose his spinal cord injury they could use a CAT scan, and MRI, or a Myelogram(x-ray taken of spine after dye is injected)
He suffered delirium while he was at the hospital but he became conscious in around a week. His lungs were filling with fluid which caused the doctors to have to insert a tube and have to drain it through his throat.
He had a surgery to reconnect his skull to his spine in June after the accident. They used wire that connected from his spine to his skull and parts of bone from his hip to repair his spine.
Later in his life he suffered from many infections and had to be put on antibiotics.
Physical therapists focused on mobility issues in therapy. He had to learn how to use his wheelchair, and had to learn to activate it by using a straw.
After getting treated for a fourth infection he went into Cardiac Arrest, and fell into a coma.
He passed away at 52 following his cardiac arrest.