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Friday, July 10, 2009

Jon Wilhite Walks

Thanks to a team of doctors, paramedics, and good luck, Jon Wilhite is walking again.
"More than 95 percent of the people who suffer atlanto-occipital dislocation, called internal decapitation, die at the scene," said Dr. Nitin Bhatia, director of the Spine Center at UCI Medical Center. "Of the 5 percent who survive, half live their life in a wheelchair while the other half die.

"Jon is the first Orange County survivor of internal decapitation," Bhatia added.

The astonishing story is unfolding in a second-floor office where Bhatia is chronicling how he and his 30-member team – in a five-hour operation – brought Wilhite into an elite medical community of four known survivors of similar injuries.



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