Youssef Amr Abdelgalil Khorshed, an 18-year-old patient from Egypt, underwent epidural stimulation surgery with Verita Neuro in Bangkok to treat C5-C6 level spinal cord injury. He broke his fifth cervical which caused him pain in the shoulders and his neck.
The accident occurred three years ago in the North Coast of Egypt as he was on a speedboat. “I wanted to jump in the water but I didn’t know that the sand was really close, so I jumped and hit my head on the sand,” he said. His mother helped him by researching on Facebook, where she found about epidural stimulation treatment.
Epidural stimulation is a treatment where the spinal cord is implanted with a device that enable electrical currents to be sent through the spinal cord. The electrodes are surgically implanted and placed over the spinal cord’s protective coating. The patient has a remote which controls the stimulator to transmit electrical waves into the spinal cord.
After the epidural stimulation surgery and intense rehabilitation for six to eight hours a day, he saw great improvement. He noticed on the first day, that he could move his ankles. Occupational therapy and physiotherapy was a big part of the recovery. His favorite exercise was the core and trunk exercises which he found helpful.
From the first day, Youssef recalled being able to move for the first time in years which was something he said he couldn’t imagine himself doing.