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00:00:03 00:00:06 The heart of soldier's, it's filled with love.
00:00:07 00:00:10 It's filled with loyalty, integrity.
00:00:11 00:00:15 As a veteran I've learned to overcome adversities.
00:00:15 00:00:18 I've suffered lots of hard times.
00:00:18 00:00:22 Nothing that I have suffered from in the military or before the military,
00:00:24 00:00:26 Took me out of commission the way that the back pain did.
00:00:29 00:00:31 When you're wearing your full battle rattle,
00:00:31 00:00:34 which is your Kevlar helmet, your vest, your elbow pads,
00:00:34 00:00:37 your knee pads, you have over 80 pounds of gear on you.
00:00:37 00:00:38 You're doing this every day.
00:00:38 00:00:41 You are running through the streets chasing people.
00:00:41 00:00:45 It begins to compress your spine and do a lot of damage to your spine.
00:00:45 00:00:47 >> When I first met Rick, it was amazing.
00:00:47 00:00:52 He was, he went to the gym every single day, he was a strong man,
00:00:52 00:00:53 very active.
00:00:53 00:00:58 But when his back injury happened, all those things were put on hold.
00:00:58 00:00:59 It hurt too much for him.
00:00:59 00:01:02 And it was heartbreaking to lose some of those essences of our
00:01:02 00:01:03 relationship.
00:01:03 00:01:07 >> The pain would actually get so intense and get to a point where I
00:01:07 00:01:10 would just fall over and I would drop down to the floor and I'd think
00:01:10 00:01:12 to myself, I don't know how much longer I can take this pain.
00:01:12 00:01:15 >> [INAUDIBLE] How you doing?
00:01:15 00:01:17 >> As soon as he came in, I saw this young,
00:01:17 00:01:21 bright guy coming in, full of smile, full of life and everything.
00:01:21 00:01:23 He actually touched my back and he was one of the first doctors that
00:01:23 00:01:26 actually touched my back in over five years.
00:01:26 00:01:29 >> When Mr. Schetter saw me, he's done it all.
00:01:29 00:01:30 He's done therapy,
00:01:30 00:01:33 he tried injections, he had a surgery already.
00:01:33 00:01:37 And unfortunately he's been put on a high narcotic medication.
00:01:37 00:01:39 You can see it in his eyes and in listening to him That
00:01:39 00:01:43 he was at his wits end and that his last hope was here with us.
00:01:43 00:01:45 >> [INAUDIBLE] good, hold that.
00:01:45 00:01:46 >> Sorry.
00:01:46 00:01:48 >> That's okay.
00:01:48 00:01:50 >> What they had found was that I was,
00:01:50 00:01:53 i had no bone to bone connection in my spine.
00:01:53 00:01:57 And I had a little bit of a shift where the lower part shifted forward
00:01:57 00:02:00 there and that's where I was getting the nerve pain from.
00:02:00 00:02:03 I had a couple ruptures, bulges.
00:02:03 00:02:05 Within the first meeting, he's telling me,
00:02:05 00:02:10 I think we need to do a fusion, a cushion, and a decompression.
00:02:10 00:02:12 And that's exactly what he did.
00:02:12 00:02:15 And as soon as I woke up, I looked down, and then I said,
00:02:15 00:02:18 my legs don't hurt anymore.
00:02:18 00:02:22 It was a miracle, Doctor Neuman is by far my hero.
00:02:22 00:02:25 >> So, when Rick saw me at his six week visit
00:02:25 00:02:28 he was ready to get back there and do everything that he wanted.
00:02:28 00:02:30 Unfortunately though, I hold him back a little bit.
00:02:30 00:02:33 Cuz I wait til three months to allow him time for the fusion to heal up.
00:02:33 00:02:35 And then I let them be as active and do what they wanna do.
00:02:35 00:02:37 So I saw him back at the next visit.
00:02:37 00:02:39 He was telling how he was back swimming.
00:02:39 00:02:40 How he's back walking his dog and
00:02:40 00:02:43 doing all the things that he enjoys life.
00:02:43 00:02:45 And those are the joys that I get out of doing the surgery,
00:02:45 00:02:47 it's patients that come back that tell me
00:02:47 00:02:48 that they're doing the things that they enjoy or
00:02:48 00:02:52 doing at the competitive level that they want to be at.
00:02:52 00:02:56 >> We could have gone to a hospital that was closer to our area, but
00:02:56 00:03:00 with a name like Johns Hopkins and their reputation,
00:03:00 00:03:03 it was definitely worth the travel >> Full time for
00:03:03 00:03:06 us to get that experience.
00:03:06 00:03:11 Would you deny traveling an extra hour out of your way to guarantee
00:03:11 00:03:14 that you have some of the best care in the entire world, with
00:03:14 00:03:19 doctors that are teaching tomorrow's doctors, our future doctors?
00:03:19 00:03:22 Absolutely, absolutely, you drive an extra
00:03:22 00:03:26 hour to make sure that you don't have to go for a third back surgery.
00:03:26 00:03:29 So that this back surgery is the one that fixed you
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