In what can only be described as great news for all of the parties involved in the Kevin Everett situation, Gary Mihoces of USA TODAY is reporting that the Buffalo Bills tight end, who was involved in the crunching play on the field during the Denver-Buffalo game this past Sunday which left him paralyzed, just may get the opportunity to walk again. This information comes from Barth Green, president and co-founder of The Miami Project.
Green based his information on a phone conversation he had with Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, one of the surgeons who operated on Everett on Sunday. Green told ESPN, “Based on the information that my colleague … told me about, with the strength he has in his arms and legs, yes, I think it’s not unrealistic to think he is going to walk out of the hospital. It’s not going to be tomorrow, but it may be a matter of weeks or months. But with rehabilitation, he should end up walking and I think that with a high level of confidence.”
The treatment whcih was used on Tuesday to perhaps stave off any paralysis was amazingly simple yet effective in its use: flushing Everett’s body with an ice-cold saline solution to bring down his core body temperature and to minimize any damage to the spinal cord. As Green explains it, “It’s the earliest example of someone being administered this cool solution within minutes of a catastrophic injury to the brain or spinal cord. It’s like putting an ice pack on a bruise, but (with) this cool saline, the body was like the ice pack for Kevin’s spinal cord.”
I’m obviously not a doctor nor do I claim to be one; however, this simple yet effective procedure which incidentally was done almost immediately after Everett’s arrival at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital (the hospital where the surgery took place) could very well have improved dramatically Everett’s quality of life. It is clear that he will not ever play football again; but just the fact that he stands a very good chance of walking again is every bit as satisfying (maybe even more so) as a Buffalo Bills appearance in the postseason. Again, we at NFL Gridiron Gab continue to keep Everett in our thoughts and prayers and hope that readers of this column will do the same.