Aug 05, 2022
Moment Georgia Southern graduate, 28, MOVES her leg for the first time in almost two months after being paralyzed during a routine chiropractic neck adjustment
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A 28-year-old Georgia Southern graduate left paralyzed after a neck adjustment moved her leg for the first time in nearly two months since the shocking incident.
'At first, we weren't sure if it was simply spasticity, but then she did it again. And again,' Caitlin Jensen's mother, Darlene shared in a video on Facebook on August 1.
Caitlin was hospitalized on June 16 after a routine chiropractor appointment by Dr. TJ Harpham, 42, left her with four ruptured arteries that led to a stroke and three heart attacks.
Caitlin Jensen, who was left paralyzed after a neck adjustment, moved her leg for the first time in nearly two months since the shocking incident
Jensen, who read chemistry and biology at college, was only able to wiggle her toes and open her eyes after she quickly became ill after visiting Harpham to treat back pain.
Now Caitlin, who is being treated at Memorial Health University Center in Savannah, Ga., can move her right leg, arm and hand.
'Can you move it,' a voice can be heard telling Caitlin in the background of the video posted by Darlene. 'Look at you! Oh my goodness.'
Caitlin showed off a big smile as she moved her leg back and forth.
The 28-year-old smiled as she waved her leg back and forth. The massive progression is one of many as Caitlin begins to slowly regain arm movement
Caitlin's progression led her one step closer to being accepted into one of the top rehabilitation centers in the country, the Shepherd Center. Caitlin's mom, Darlene, has sought to get her daughter admitted to the center since she became paralyzed
Caitlin's progression was a step towards the 28-year-old being referred to one of the top rehabilitation centers in the country, the Shepherd Center. She was accepted into the center on August 3.
WE'RE GOING TO SHEPHERD!!!!!' Darlene wrote on Facebook while sharing a previous photo of Caitlin smiling with a dog. 'We just got the official work - they accepted her!!!!!'
'She will do an ICU to ICU transfer next week. IT'S GO TIME!!!!'
Caitlin has gradually been increasing in movement on the right side of her body since the incident
Caitlin's mom, Darlene, documented her daughters progress on July 38. Darlene shared Caitlin can now lift 'her arm from the elbow and threw a little ball.'
Before the remarkable movement Darlene shared, her daughter was gradually making process despite setbacks of continuing to battle pneumonia.
'A few days ago, Caitlin lifted her arm from the elbow and threw a little ball,' Darlene wrote on Facebook on July 28. 'Now, she can lift her upper arm. Yesterday, she was able to grasp a tissue and wipe her mouth. These are enormous accomplishments for her!
'She can also turn her head to the right. She cannot willingly move her right limbs YET, but we have hope that she will be able to reconnect those pathways in the brain.'
Caitlin's mom, Darlene, is optimistic her daughter will recover after she suffered a stroke. The 28-year-old had gone to the chiropractor to address back pain
Caitlin is pictured above during her first days at the hospital. At the time she was only able to communicate with her eyes and portions of her body
Caitlin's mother Darlene previously told DailyMail.com that her daughter had been to Harpham on several occasions to address neck stiffness she was experiencing from 'sitting at her desk for months working on her last classes,' but had never undergone a neck adjustment, according to her mom.
'You don't think that a 28-year-old healthy woman is going to be having such an emergency and having a stroke,' she said.
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'I just thought maybe she was dizzy,' Darlene said. 'It didn't ever occur to me that it was a serious event. I just thought maybe she stood up too fast or she was slightly dizzy and they were being over cautious.'
'I thought no big deal, I'll go check on her. When I got there, I could very quickly see that we were in a serious situation.'
Darlene said she was by her daughter's side when her heart stopped for 10 minutes.
'They had done a CAT scan and brought her boyfriend and I back into the room to be with her and she started to deteriorate. They were trying to get her back to CAT scan and that's when she went into cardiac arrest. We were there with her.'
Chiropractor TJ Harpham was seen arriving at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport with his family on July 18 amid the controversy surrounding his patient who was left paralyzed after he allegedly treated her
Meanwhile, Harpham, 42, hasn't commented on the incident, but was seen arriving at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport amid the controversy on July 18.
Harpham declined to discuss the incident with a DailyMail.com reporter, saying: 'No, I have no comment. I have no comment about her or any other patient.'
At the time of Caitlin's chiropractic accident, he said an incident like the 28-year-old's has never happened before, Caitlin's grandmother, Linda Foster, previously told DailyMail.com.
'I think [Caitlin's mother] Darlene is considering a medical malpractice suit – she has been advised to, I know.
'It's just because we want people to know and we want to take care of Caitlin. It's going to be a life-changing event for her no matter what her outcome is.
'There will be physical therapy and they'll have to refit their house – as it is, she won't even be able to get in the house with the steps at the back and the front.'
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Justin Fields to Darnell Mooney. Why one routine big play from the preseason win gives the Chicago Bears offense confidence.
On the Chicago Bears’ second offensive series of the preseason, on a third-down play from their 38-yard line, quarterback Justin Fields broke the huddle and set himself in the shotgun with positive vibes.
Fields scanned the Kansas City Chiefs defense, recognized the man coverage he would be facing and identified a matchup he loved with his favorite receiver Darnell Mooney in the slot to the left against cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.
“I pretty much knew what was going to happen,” Fields said.
Roll the tape.
With a look he loved and enough protection in front of him, Fields hit the top of his five-step drop and launched — on time and in rhythm. Mooney, with a crisp outside release on a fade route, got a bit of a pick from fellow receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and created separation. Fields’ ball was on Mooney’s back shoulder, requiring a slight adjustment but keeping safety Juan Thornhill at bay.
Mooney twisted, jumped and hauled in the football for a gain of 26 yards.
“I think Darnell knew where I was going to put that ball,” Fields said.
Added Mooney: “I just went and grabbed it. We had an opportunity to make ourselves a play. And it was nice to get that in game-like conditions going against some other guys.”
In terms of yardage gained, that was the Bears’ biggest play from scrimmage in their 19-14 victory at Soldier Field, a 26-yard chunk play that brought the crowd to life — at least for a few moments. An argument could be made that that deep shot was also the team’s biggest play as far as future potential is concerned.
Look, August in the NFL is always a search for promising signs. And that Fields-to-Mooney connection Saturday qualified as one bright spot during an afternoon in which the rebuilding Bears looked very much like a team with a long, long way to go to compete at the highest level.
Still, when the chemistry between the quarterback and the top receiver is evident, it’s at least a little something to feel good about, right?
“I think that was a routine play for us,” Fields said. “It was, of course, a great catch by (Mooney). But we’ve seen that many times. So it was no surprise.”
That’s a significant big-picture goal for Fields and the offense, to more consistently feel like their big plays are routine. And with four weeks left until the regular season begins, the established and still-growing connection between Fields and Mooney remains noteworthy.
“It feels great,” Fields said. “It’s just knowing how he’s going to run the route, how he’s going to work the defender, where he’s going to end up. Just the chemistry between us two and the work put in in the offseason, that shows right there.”
To be clear, the production of the Bears’ first-unit offense Saturday was far from spectacular and barely satisfactory. Fields took 18 snaps over three possessions with the Bears managing all of 78 yards and four first downs.
The drive chart — punt, punt, punt — felt all-too familiar and registers as at least moderately concerning.
From the start of training camp through Saturday’s victory, there has been little evidence to believe that a significant offensive breakthrough is coming anytime soon. But internally, the baby-stepping Bears are eagerly identifying things they can build on.
Coach Matt Eberflus, for one, applauded the way Fields operated, handling the huddle and showing a feel for the game.
Mooney recognized the offense was playing behind a work-in-progress line without the services of receivers Byron Pringle, Velus Jones and N’Keal Harry, who are out with injuries. In addition, starting running back David Montgomery and tight end Cole Kmet sat out.
“Definitely a lot of guys missing right now,” Mooney said. “But with the guys who are here, I feel like we executed well. I’m interested to see (on video) how smooth it was.”
If the Bears wanted a glimpse of what they’re one day striving to become, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes happily obliged. Overseeing just one drive Saturday — and really just looking to break a sweat and relax — Mahomes took the Chiefs on an 11-play, 72-yard march into Soldier Field’s north end zone.
Bing, bang, boom.
The 2018 league MVP and Super Bowl LIV champion spread his six completions around to six receivers and finished the series with a 5-yard screen pass to tight end Blake Bell for a touchdown.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” Mahomes said.
Perhaps one day, Fields and the Bears will be able to expect similar efficiency and ease in how they carve up opposing defenses. But for now, they’re in a different stage of the grind with a less experienced quarterback learning a new system with so many new faces all around.
To Fields’ credit, his first-blush review of the early offensive output was appropriately subdued.
“I think it went all right,” he said. “There’s always room to improve.”
Fields was asked what he was most looking forward to dialing in on when he had his first chance to review the 18 plays.
“I’ve got to dissect every play,” he said. “Go back to my rules. What am I supposed to do on this play? (Look at) protection and stuff like that. It’s just being process-driven and making sure I did my job.”
For an NFL starting quarterback with the grandest of ambitions, the celebration of 26-yard completions can go only so far when points aren’t added to the scoreboard.
So Fields would be the first to acknowledge that the Bears’ climb barely has gotten started.
He did add another crowd-pleasing completion late in the first quarter, recognizing extra Chiefs pressure coming before the snap, adjusting the protection, then hitting Tajae Sharpe on the right sideline to convert third-and-9.
“Justin did a great job of putting it in a spot where only I could get to it,” Sharpe said.
Much of the Bears fan base reacted similarly.
Hurray! Now … more of that. Much more.
For the record, the Bears scored all 19 of their points after halftime with backup quarterback Trevor Siemian leading two touchdown drives and a short-field field-goal series. Siemian hit rookie Trestan Ebner with a 12-yard touchdown pass over the middle and later connected with Dazz Newsome for a 13-yard score.
Cairo Santos added field goals of 20 and 47 yards to punctuate the victory.
Now the Bears will flip the page with training camp practices Monday and Tuesday followed by a second preseason game Thursday night in Seattle against the Seahawks. At this stage in the growing process, Fields and the offense must take all their victories, however small they might be, and pocket them without apology. But they also must demand more of themselves, striving to produce big plays and bright moments far more frequently.
Said Fields: “We’re just going to keep working, keep stacking days and continue to get better with the small details.”