Tubing accident cripples man | SierraSun.com

Tubing accident cripples man

A Sacramento man tubing at Soda Springs Ski Area Dec. 31 suffered spinal injuries resulting in paralysis below the neck when he collided with his wife.

“The patient was found unresponsive,” said Lt. Julie Wilcox with Donner Summit Fire Department. “Patrollers were doing CPR, and by the time the patient was moved to the medical facility his pulse had returned, but they were still assisting with breathing.”

While Wilcox was not aware of the exact injuries, she suspected the Sacramento man broke his neck. Three vertebrae in the neck are associated with breathing, she said.

“He must have hit real strange,” said Donner Summit firefighter Linda Melvin who responded to the scene. “The man was transported to Washoe County Medical Center via Advanced Life Support.”

Wilcox said Soda Springs ski patrollers did an great job transporting the patient. She believed the patient was in his late 70s.

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