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#637437 --- 09/10/07 08:04 AM "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery
Spencer~1/06/07 Offline
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"Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery


Orchard Park, NY 9/9/07 (AP) - Kevin Everett is on a respirator in ICU at a Buffalo area hospital following a lengthy surgery Sunday night for a cervical spine injury.

Everett's agent, Brian Overstreet, says the tight end has "some sparse movement" and the next couple of days will be crucial.

Everett made a hit on a kick off with his head hitting the shoulder of a Broncos player and he immediately was motionless. He was taken to Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo Sunday night where he had emergency surgery on what the Bills have called a cervical spine injury. Everett was then moved to ICU after surgery has been placed on a respirator.

ESPN is reporting that doctors in Buffalo have informed the Bills that bone chips were removed during surgery.

Everett was on the field face-down and motionless for an extended period of time before being taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
Bills starting free safety Ko Simpson was carted off the field with a left ankle injury 10 minutes into Buffalo's season opener against Denver on Sunday.

Simpson was hurt when he had his feet cut out from beneath him by teammate Jason Webster as the two were attempting to tackle Broncos receiver Javon Walker. Simpson fell immediately to the ground and was unable to put any weight on his left foot.

Team trainers were forced to lift the player onto the cart and he was taken for X-rays.

Buffalo's fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft, Simpson started 15 games last season, and was a member of the NFL's youngest safety tandem, playing alongside rookie first-round pick Donte Whitner.

Third-year player Jim Leonhard took over for Simpson.

More injury trouble for Buffalo, Bills linebacker Coy Wire hurt his knee later on the drive and was being evaluated in the locker room. After being examined on the sideline, Wire made his way off the field on his own. A converted safety, Wire was starting at linebacker in place of Keith Ellison, who's out with a high ankle sprain.

Cornerback Jason Webster suffered a broken forearm. Webster is a veteran who came in to replace Nate Clements who is now with San Francisco.

The injuries were the latest blows to an already banged-up and young defense that was starting four players with less than two years of NFL experience. Buffalo also lacks experienced reserves at defensive end, with Ryan Denney out indefinitely with a broken left foot and Anthony Hargrove suspended for the first four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
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#637670 --- 09/10/07 03:42 PM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Spencer~1/06/07]
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This sucked! \:\(

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#637792 --- 09/10/07 06:26 PM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Jelloshot]
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yes,and I just heard he may never walk again.
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#637832 --- 09/10/07 07:17 PM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Spencer~1/06/07]
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That is just HORRIBLE!!!!! I read that early this morning. Been checking the Buffalo New website to see if there are any updates.

CNN/ Sports Illustrated's website is showing a glimmer of hope.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/fo...ex.html?cnn=yes


Edited by marlboronymom (09/10/07 07:55 PM)

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#638140 --- 09/11/07 01:08 AM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: marlboronymom]
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sad. watched it over in slow motion.
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#638221 --- 09/11/07 03:56 AM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Where's the love]
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my thouts and prayers go out to this guy his family and the team i hope they can regroup and have a good season

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#638294 --- 09/11/07 11:37 AM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: RED 30]
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Bills saddened after teammate Everett sustains 'catastrophic' neck injury

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer
September 11, 2007

AP - Sep 10, 6:28 pm EDT
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Bills punter Brian Moorman stood on the sideline desperately waiting for teammate Kevin Everett to get up or show any sign he was OK.

When the reserve tight end failed to do so as he was immobilized and carefully loaded into an ambulance after sustaining a severe spinal cord injury, Moorman knew it was serious.

"It brought tears to my eyes," Moorman said Monday, recalling how a day earlier he watched helplessly during the Bills season opener against Denver, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.

Those fears were confirmed Monday when the team's orthopedic surgeon, Andrew Cappuccino, announced Everett will unlikely be able to walk again after sustaining a "catastrophic" and life-threatening injury.

"A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely," said Cappuccino, a day after he spent four hours in surgery reconstructing Everett's fractured spinal cord.

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"By life, I'm an optimist," Cappuccino added, when asked the chances of Everett regaining full movement in his body. "But as a scientist and a clinician, I have to tell you that, statistically, the chances of that occurring are very small."

For Moorman, Everett's injury brought back memories of watching on TV when Mike Utley, the former Detroit Lions guard, injured his neck and was paralyzed below the chest after a collision during a game in 1991.

Utley, Moorman recalled, at least was able to give what's become a famous "thumbs up" sign as he was taken off the field.

"That's what I was waiting for, and that's what everybody else was waiting for," Moorman said, his voice cracking with emotion. "And to have to walk back to the sideline and not see that made for a tough time."

Everett was hurt after he ducked his head while tackling Denver's Domenik Hixon during the second-half kickoff. Everett dropped face-first to the ground after his helmet hit Hixon high on the left shoulder and side of the helmet.

Everett is in the intensive care unit of Buffalo's Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, where he is under sedation and breathing through a respirator as doctors wait for the swelling to lessen. Cappuccino said it will take up to three days to determine the severity of the injury and the recovery process.

Cappuccino noted the 25-year-old did have touch sensation throughout his body, showed signs of voluntary movement and was also able to breathe on his own before being sedated. But he cautioned that Everett's injury remained life-threatening because he was still susceptible to blood clots, infection and breathing failure.

During surgery, Cappuccino repaired a break between the third and fourth vertebrae and also alleviated the pressure on the spinal cord. In reconstructing his spine, doctors made a bone graft and inserted a cage and a plate, held in by four screws, and also inserted two small rods, held in place by another four screws.

Doctors, however, weren't able to repair all the damage.


AP - Sep 10, 6:25 pm EDT
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Buffalo's 2005 third-round draft pick out of Miami, Everett missed his rookie season because of a knee injury. He spent most of last year playing special teams and was hoping to make an impact as a receiver this season.

The injury drew sadness from Washington state, where Utley now makes his home, to Miami.

"You do everything you can to prepare yourself. But this can happen," Utley told The Associated Press. "I'm sorry to see this young man got hurt."

"He was the first kid I coached at Miami," added Florida International coach Mario Cristobal, who was Everett's position coach with the Hurricanes. "It sucks. Brutal. Brutal. I didn't know his condition worsened to what it had, and all you want is to get as much information as you can."

In Buffalo, the Bills are challenged with having to refocus to prepare for a game at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

"We honor ourselves by our work, and we honor Kevin by moving forward and working while never forgetting Kevin and never getting him out of our thoughts and prayers," coach Dick Jauron said. "We're going to wait and see what the outcome is here and we're really hoping and praying for the best."

Associated Press Sports Writers Pat Graham, in Denver, and Tim Reynolds, in Miami, contributed to this report.

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#638309 --- 09/11/07 12:04 PM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Strawberry Jam]
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You can send your thoughts and prayers here:
http://www.buffalobills.com/KevinEverett.jsp

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#638841 --- 09/11/07 11:47 PM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Jelloshot]
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But that was the news yesterday....today he moved his legs and arms both I think.

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#638986 --- 09/12/07 02:49 AM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Tiger Lily]
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I kind of panicked when I first saw the headline on CNN that says "Bill's injury takes an unexpected turn". I was like uh-oh..do I really want to click that link!? I did any way...and it turned out to be WAY more positive than I thought! :-)
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/09/11/bills.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

Definitly GREAT news to be heard, especially today! It's been quite grim today here in downstate NY.

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#639184 --- 09/12/07 01:23 PM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: marlboronymom]
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Report: 'Minor Miracle' For Everett
by R News staff
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Published Sep 11, 2007
A Buffalo television station reports Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett appears to have made dramatic progress in the 48 hours since surgery, just a day after his surgeon said Everett's outlook for recovery from a life-threatening spinal injury was bleak.


WIVB-TV in Buffalo reported Everett has voluntary movement in both his legs and arms. His sedation level was also lowered Tuesday and an MRI showed lowered swelling of Everett's spinal cord.

Everett was injured making a tackle on a kick-off return in Sunday's NFL regular season opener for the Bills against the Denver Broncos.

Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, who fused Everett's third and fourth vertebrae and relieved pressure from his spinal cord during emergency surgery Sunday at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, reported on Everett's condition Monday. He told the media it was likely Everett would not walk again and that the 25-year old Texas native would remain heavily sedated for 48 to 72 hours.

According to WIVB's report, Dr. Cappuccino said Everett's sedation level was lowered Tuesday and an MRI conducted. It found reduced swelling in Everett's spinal cord. Everett was also able to offer non-verbal response to doctors questions. Everett also reportedly had voluntary movement in his arms and legs. In the television report, Cappuccino called Everett's latest condition a "minor miracle." Buffalo Bills team officials have yet to respond to the latest report on Everett's condition.

Meanwhile, Everett's mother is thanking everyone for their prayers.

In a statement, Patricia Dugas said, I want to thank the fans and everyone for their prayers, warm wishes and general thoughts about Kevin. I especially want to thank the hospital staff and the Bills organization for their tremendous support during this difficult and challenging time."

"I would ask for everyone to continue to keep Kevin in their prayers.

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#639442 --- 09/12/07 09:06 PM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Jelloshot]
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From todays Cnn.com wire:

Prognosis for injured NFL player appears to be brightening

(CNN) -- Three days after suffering a potentially fatal spinal injury during a game against Denver, Buffalo Bills Tight End Kevin Everett remained hospitalized Wednesday, his prognosis still uncertain though less bleak than originally described by his neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Cappuccino.

"Doctor Cappuccino called me, elated that he's moving his arms and legs, although not normally," Dr. Barth A. Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami school of medicine, told reporters Tuesday.

The movement, Green said, occurred as doctors were bringing the 25-year-old out of deep sedation after surgery at Buffalo's Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital.

"With the movement he has now, there is a very good chance he will end up walking out of the hospital," said Green, who has not been directly involved in Everett's case. (Posted 4:07 p.m.)

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#639463 --- 09/12/07 10:22 PM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Strawberry Jam]
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This is surely a testament of Everett's strength & will, but also credit
advancements of modern medicine !!!

It sounds like the ice-cold saline solution that was administered so quickly through Everett's system played
a key role in this somewhat positive prognosis.

I pray for the day he walks out of that hospital.


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#639621 --- 09/13/07 04:02 AM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Highlander]
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I just read an article that stated he has no movement of his hands. this is definitely going to be life altering for him!
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#639680 --- 09/13/07 10:46 AM Re: "Sparse Movement" For Everett After Surgery [Re: Where's the love]
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MDs use experimental cooling on Everett By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer
1 hour, 52 minutes ago



Doctors are following the playbook in treating Buffalo Bills football player Kevin Everett's severe spinal cord injury except in one notable regard: pumping icy cold saline into his veins to try to prevent further damage.

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Although the treatment is experimental, it is more science than science fiction, and also is being tried on stroke and brain injury patients.

"There are compelling reasons why one might want to try it" in a case like this, said Dr. Gary Steinberg, chairman of neurosurgery at Stanford University. He had no role in Everett's case but has tested the body cooling treatment.

Everett's prognosis remains uncertain. His doctors were encouraged by signs on Tuesday that he could move his legs and arms a day after saying he stood little chance of making a full recovery. They also have said that his spinal cord was intact rather than severed a very good sign.

Doctors say that it is far too soon to know whether he will be left with any paralysis or its extent.

"Walking out of this hospital is not a realistic goal, but walking may be," Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, the team's orthopedic surgeon, said at a news conference in Buffalo on Wednesday.

That does not mean a return of his career, though, said Dr. Joseph Maroon, team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center specialist who was consulted on Everett's case.

"If he ever does regain function, no neurosurgeon would ever permit him to play football," Maroon said.

Everett suffered a fracture and dislocation of his spinal cord in the neck area during a game Sunday night against the Denver Broncos. Watching it on television from home was Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, scientific director for the Miami Project, a spinal cord program affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The program is among several in the United States that has led research into moderate hypothermia, or cooling the body a few degrees to try to limit swelling, inflammation and the cascade of events and chemicals that cause further damage after an initial neurological injury.

Dietrich sent an urgent e-mail to fellow neurosurgeon Dr. Barth Green, who knows Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

Who did what next is unclear, but doctors say Everett received the experimental cooling therapy in the ambulance, even before X-rays and other tests could show the extent of his injury and the treatment he would need.

The goal of the treatment is "to cool the tissue a few degrees to reduce its need for oxygen and to reduce its metabolic rate" and limit secondary damage from chemicals the body releases after the initial injury, said Dr. Elad Levy, a University of Buffalo neurosurgeon who treated Everett.

On Monday, as Everett's temperature began to rise, doctors decided to try cooling his body again, using a slightly different system. This time, a hollow tube called a catheter was inserted into the femoral vein in the leg near the groin. Cold saline was circulated inside the catheter, indirectly cooling the blood as it flowed through the vein.

"We did this here at the University of Pittsburgh in the 70s," but with a different method of threading a catheter directly over the spinal cord, Maroon said. The treatment had to be done within three hours of injury to have any benefit and was extremely cumbersome, he said. For that and other reasons, it was largely abandoned until recently, when doctors have resumed testing it through different cooling methods for stroke and brain injury patients.

"Not a lot is known about it for spinal cord injury," said Steinberg at Stanford, where it mostly is done in some stroke and head injury cases under an experimental protocol.

Other aspects of Everett's care are more routine.

He received large intravenous doses of methylprednisolone, a steroid to limit inflammation and swelling, and had decompression surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord.

Doctors initially operated from the front of his neck, removing the injured disk and bone impinging on the spinal cord, and realigned it. They filled the space where the disk had been with a bone graft whether from a cadaver or his hip isn't known and put in a titanium plate to stabilize the neck area.

Surgeons then turned him over and operated from the back of his neck, fusing the vertebrae above and below the fracture, and putting in four screws and two small rods.

Long-term results from such operations can vary widely, said Maroon, the Steelers' surgeon who published a paper in the April issue of Journal of Neurosurgery on this topic. He has operated on about 30 athletes.

On Wednesday, Everett was successfully removed from the respirator though doctors say it could be a struggle to keep him breathing on his own. A stroke and blood clots in his legs are other possible complications they are trying to prevent.

He showed more ability to move his legs and a little more in his arms, but has no movement or function at all of his hands. He is getting nourishment from a feeding tube, and his mother is at his side.

"She understands that this is a life-changing event," and that "the story will change over months to years," said Dr. Kevin Gibbons, another University of Buffalo neurosurgeon who has been treating Everett.

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#643471 --- 09/18/07 12:33 PM Further Improvement For Everett [Re: Strawberry Jam]
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Further Improvement For Everett
by Chris Brown, Lead Journalist Last Updated: 9/17/2007 3:50 PM ET


The Buffalo Bills medical staff provided an update on Kevin Everett's condition Monday afternoon.

"Kevin Everett remains medically stable in the intensive care unit, and continues to make daily improvement in his neurological status," said team medical director John Marzo in a statement.

Everett was most recently examined Sunday night at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Cappuccino.

"When examined Sunday evening, Kevin demonstrated increased strength in the muscles of his legs," Marzo said. "In addition, he was able to show some movement in both hands. Supportive care continues for vital body systems while Kevin begins to focus on his neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation."

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#643485 --- 09/18/07 01:08 PM Re: Further Improvement For Everett [Re: Jelloshot]
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He's a lucky guy.

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