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Doctor Says It’s “Unlikely” That Freddie Gray Severed His Own Spine

A doctor is responding to police’s claims that Freddie Gray might have injured himself while handcuffed in the back of a police van.

According to the doc, it’s unlikely that the 25-year-old was able to severe his own spine and crush his own voicebox and instead suffered some kind of direct blow to either the front or back of his neck.

The New York Daily News reports:

Is it possible that Freddie Gray could have severed his own spine and crushed his own voicebox?

From a medical standpoint, it is unlikely that the 25-year-old Baltimore man injured himself in the back of that van. The severity of his injuries seem too grave for him to have done that to himself simply by thrashing around or banging his head on something.

It is more likely that there was some type of direct blow to either the front or back of his neck, or somewhere along the spinal cord along his back.

How does a spinal cord injury happen? A spinal cord injury is “damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling.” This type of injury is most often caused by a traumatic blow of the kind that would be sustained in a car accident, severe fall or an act of violence.

There must be a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of the vertebrae, or when a gun shot or knife penetrates the spinal cord. After a spinal cord injury, bleeding, inflammation and swelling occurs, and fluid builds up in and around the spinal cord.

Without immediate treatment, this can lead to permanent paralysis, or in Gray’s case, death

SMH….nice try Baltimore PD. We want the real truth to come out.



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