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Miracle Back Surgery

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Wendy Damonte
Channel 2 News

A few years ago, Cheryl Seroski started having some pain in her middle back. It got progressively worse until she ended up in a wheelchair and incredibly with no diagnosis. "I started not being able to walk. I started falling. I was falling out of bed just falling over a lot."

She finally ended up with another MRI. This one showed a serious problem, one that would put her in emergency surgery that same night. "My spinal column was being almost cut in half by calcification."

The surgeon on call was Dr. Michael Song. Cheryl had a calcified herniated disc in her thoracic spine. "In the thoracic spine there's very little movement because the rib cage stabilizes those bones but even in the thoracic spine once in a million times a year a disc can come out and push on your spinal cord to this extent."

The spinal cord is typically about 10 millimeters. But at one point in Cheryl's back, her cord was pinched so severely it was 1 millimeter or less.  Dr. Song started her surgery at 10 o'clock at night. He didn't finish until 5 in the morning. "We came in, took out a rib, deflated your lungs, put in retractors checked with X-ray that we are at the right level and I had to remove this portion and another portion of the bone and all this pushing on your spinal cord we had to drill that out because it was pure solid bone."

Even to Dr. Song's amazement, after a month of physical therapy, Cheryl was walking once again. "I finally got to move little parts. Ya know. It's amazing. It slowly came back."

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