On December 13th, Victoria Costa was involved in a high-speed crash. She was ejected from the passenger window. Victoria watched as the mangled car began to roll on top of her. Her back had already been impaled in the ejection, and now she was about to be crushed.
The car rolled against a small tree branch, which somehow held the entire weight of the automobile and prevented her from being crushed.
Victoria was rushed to the hospital. She could feel her arms and he legs but there was a sizable gash exactly over her spine. You’d think this would alarm the doctors to no end. Instead, she was cold she had a slight compression fraction in her spine that would heal quickly on its own. Victoria was released from the hospital that night.
But the pain in her back persisted. A week later Victoria went in for an MRI to see if there was any further damage. The doctor that reviewed her results was shocked. Not only was her spine fractured, but the ligaments around her fragile spinal chord were completely torn. Only a few muscles were holding her fragile spine together.
Victoria was told that she should be paralyzed, ‘one quick movement or twist of your back would have done the trick.’ She was basically a walking time bomb.
She went straight into surgery where her ligaments were removed and repaired. Victoria underwent two bone grafts on her vertebrae, with two others fused together with 4 screws and 2 rods. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Victoria told me:
It was a miracle that I survived the accident, was able to walk away with only one injury, and that I wasn’t paralyzed from the neck down. I am so thankful for that. I’ve been laid up for a month now, Chiving all day to keep myself from going crazy. Also, I’d been wanting a KCCO shirt for the longest time, and an awesome fellow chiver surprised me with one while I was in the hospital. I was so excited! So thank you, Chive, for keeping me entertained and keeping my spirits up while I’m recovering! KCCO!
Be thankful for what you have, guys and gals. Here are some pics of a very near miss…