From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other places that we believe will be of interest to our readers. Today’s post originally appeared in MedPage Today on June 15. In the op-ed, David J. Langer, MD, FAANS, recounts a life-changing accident during a ski trip that resulted in a spinal cord injury and a feeling of powerlessness for the practicing neurosurgeon and star on the Netflix series Lenox Hill.
Moments after Dr. Langer fell while skiing in Colorado, he realized he couldn’t move his legs, “I’m a neurosurgeon who can’t move, I thought. Now what?” After being airlifted to a Denver hospital, he was diagnosed with central cord syndrome — his spinal cord was injured, but only temporarily. “Feeling valued and humbled, I returned home to my own team to repair my spine,” according to Dr. Langer. The excellent care he received in Colorado and at home in New York now reminds him to keep patients’ humanity front and center.
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