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General Hugh Shelton, former chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff has spinal injury

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    Gen. Shelton to Have Back Surgery

    .c The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors will perform a procedure to widen the spinal column of retired Army Gen. Henry H. Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was injured in a fall last month.

    Lt. Col. James M. Ecklund, chief of the neurosurgery service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, estimated Monday that the procedure, known as a ``multilevel laminectomy and fusion,'' would occur in two or three weeks. The timing will depend on Shelton's neurological progress, the hospital said.

    During the procedure, doctors chip a section of bone to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and then stabilize the spine with a small rod.

    ``He actually walked more than 300 feet this morning for the first time,'' Ecklund said. ``He's doing better every day.''

    Walter Reed announced last month that Shelton would remain hospitalized for ``extensive rehabilitation'' after falling off a ladder at his suburban Virginia home March 23. He was partially paralyzed in the accident.

    Since then, has been able to walk with assistance, and the weakness in his right leg and both arms and hands has improved, the hospital said. He has been moved from intensive care, but is still in serious condition.

    Shelton served 38 years in the Army, including four as the top military adviser to the president. He stepped down as Joint Chiefs chairman Oct. 1, shortly before the United States went to war in Afghanistan.

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    04/08/02 13:27 EDT


    • #17

      New news concerning this guy?

      Quad? Para? Neither?


      Onward and Upward!