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Accident victim's life saved by dual surgeries

A radical (and risky) surgery saved a man's life after he was involved in a car accident. The man was clinging to life as he was brought to the Seton Medical Center Williamson in Austin, Texas when trauma surgeons had a dilemma. Given the severity of his injuries, what operation should be performed first: brain surgery to relieve pressure due to his head injuries or a procedure to repair his bleeding spleen?

The surgeons decided to do both at the same time. They explained to KHOU News that since time was of the essence, the best way to save the man's life was to perform both surgeries simultaneously. In normal conditions, doctors would wait until one surgery has been completed before working on another procedure, but they realized that if the patient's blood pressure went too low (from the brain surgery) the body would go into shock and the bleeding from the spleen would get worse.

What was described as a radical, yet delicate procedure turned out to be an amazing success. Six days after the surgeries, he was able to leave the hospital.

While this is a miraculous story about surviving an auto accident, the importance of using reasonable care when driving cannot be understated. Moreover, it exemplifies the physical injuries that people can seek compensation for after an accident. While the man was able to leave the hospital sooner than expected, he can still seek compensation for the injuries he suffered, including the pain and suffering he endured, as well as the expenses for the surgeries and medical care he needed.

If you have questions about your rights and options after being injured in an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.

Source:, Radical surgery helps save man's life after car accident, March 4, 2013

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