Man Suddenly Paralyzed Uses Chin and Tongue to Call 911
In an amazing story of survival, a man who found himself suddenly paralyzed was able to use his chin and his tongue to call 911.
Vancouver resident Andrew Cho, 29, was feeling under the weather after just returning home from a dinner party. On the off chance he needed to call paramedics, he decided to unlock the door to his home.
Not long after that, a blood vessel burst in Cho’s spine. He dropped to the floor, loosing all feeling in his extremities. He was also home alone, seemingly with no way to call for help.
“He told me he said a little prayer because he was obviously pretty scared,” explains close friend Danny Brody. “He looked up and saw his phone about 10 inches away from his body, obviously you can’t grab it because he couldn’t move any of his limbs. So he dug his chin into the carpet.”
Using his chin, Cho was able to drag his body 10 inches to reach his phone, which took about 15 minutes to accomplish. He was then able to activate his phone using his tongue, and via Siri, he called 911.
Cho, who used to be a professional mountain biker, says it could have been days until someone found him. Instead, he was taken in short order to a nearby hospital, where his recovery continues.
Doctors are baffled as to why a blood vessel burst in the spine of an otherwise healthy 29-year old, but they are encouraged by the progress he’s made so far, as Cho has regained some sensation. However, it’s too soon to tell if he’ll regain full mobility.
“It’s going incredibly well, it’s beyond any of our dreams what’s happened,” Brody said of Cho’s recovery. “Every day we’re seeing baby steps made.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover some of the costs of Cho’s rehab. “He might have to do some retrofitting to his home, fixing his car — things like this healthcare doesn’t really cover,” explains Brody. In just three days, the page has already raised more than $91,000.
“I just want to say thank you to every one of you guys who has contributed to the campaign,” Cho said. “I plan on making a full recovery and getting out of here.”