Well­ness Arti­cles

A Chi­ro­prac­tic Story with a Happy End­ing

A story appeared in the Decem­ber 22, 2002 News­day news­pa­per telling of an asth­matic woman named Vanessa. On Sep­tem­ber 15, 2002, Vanessa had a severe asthma attack which caused her to stop breath­ing, suf­fer car­diac arrest, and slip into a coma. It was esti­mated that her heart had stopped for as much as 10 min­utes before para­medics could restart it. At the hos­pi­tal, her fam­ily was not given much hope. If she did pull through, they were told, the chances for severe brain dam­age were great.

Vanessa had been bat­tling asthma all of her life. But this attack almost cost the young women her life. Vanessa’s coma was severe. Although her eyes were opened, nobody saw any indi­ca­tion that she could see. Doc­tors spec­u­lated that the part of her brain most likely to have been dam­aged by oxy­gen depri­va­tion prob­a­bly would ren­der her blind. For her loved ones and fam­ily who stayed with her the coma was tor­tur­ous and dis­turb­ing to observe. Vanessa clenched her fists. Her legs moved con­stantly, almost as if she were rid­ing a bicycle.

Two of Vanessa’s rel­a­tives were patients of a chi­ro­prac­tor, Dr. Andy Forelli. They told Dr. Forelli of the heart­break­ing story of Vanessa. Being moved, Dr. Forelli offered to drive to see Vanessa, being unaware that Vanessa was in a hos­pi­tal two and a half hours away. The fam­ily accepted Dr. Forelli’s offer so he made the trip.

Dr. Forelli arrived to Vanessa’s room on the evening of Sept. 30. There the fam­ily told him that the doc­tors had been talk­ing that day about putting Vanessa in a nurs­ing home. Vanessa’s mother Siob­han, recalls what hap­pened next, “He put his hands on Vanessa’s face and spoke to her,” Siob­han said, “and she looked right at him and fur­rowed her brow, as if to say, ‘Who the hell are you?’ At that moment, we knew that she could see. He adjusted her neck. She winced, and then she smiled. He went around to the other side of the bed, and she fur­rowed her brow again, and he adjusted her neck from that side, and she smiled, closed her eyes, and went to sleep. He and I then spoke for maybe 15 min­utes, and he got in the car and drove back to New York.”

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