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    New T7 injury

    Hello all,

    I am new to this forum. My husband is 32 and suffered what we believe is a T7 complete injury in December. He went in for abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery and, we believe, suffered a spinal cord infarction. He was in ICU for 52 days, a step down unit for 10 days, and now he is on day 4 in inpatient rehab. He has had medical issues his entire life, but this is a whole different ball game. We are at the point where we don't know what we don't know. We know that the following things have to happen:
    1. He has to get a chair. His inpatient rehab will be evaluating him and helping with this.
    2. We have to make modifications to our home.
    3. We have to figure out what resources are available to him for ongoing care after inpatient rehab.

    We really wanted him to go to Shepherd Center, but they wouldn't take him because he is on dialysis due to an acute kidney injury, also suffered during the surgery. So he is at rehab at the same hospital where the surgery took place. Maybe he will be able to go to Shepherd at some point in the future. I know we have a ton to learn--I think this forum will be very helpful. Thanks.


    The paralysis resource center (PRC) quick links would be a good place to start.