Daily American Republic
The family of a Poplar Bluff woman seriously injured when her car was struck by a suspected drunken driver leaving Brick’s Off Road Park has been told her spinal cord was not severed, as doctors originally thought. Lori S. Garner underwent surgery early Tuesday morning at Saint Louis University Hospital and information about the outcome came later in the day. Cindy McIver who also works for the Poplar Bluff School District says her spinal cord was not severed. Her neck was broken in two. Earlier doctors had told family members the 50-year-old’s spinal cord had been severed around the base of her neck and had not given “a lot of hope” for Garner to walk again or have feeling below her neck. Doctors are going to try to wean her off the breathing machine over the next couple of days.