After college student Courtney Pearce flipped her car and hit a tree, paramedics rushed her where she could receive the treatment she needed. When she arrived at University Hospital, Courtney had two skull fractures, five broken vertebrae, and fluid rapidly filling her brain. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ferhan Asgar performed emergency spinal surgery on Courtney knowing that time was a factor in whether this 19-year-old girl had a chance to live.
Courtney woke up five days after she was admitted to University Hospital and was discharged after seven. She had to wear a neck brace for four weeks but has since returned to college where she is studying to be a school-teacher. Courtney is happy to be back in school, and even happier to be living proof.