I guess he's never had his meal hit the ceiling during turbulence or even something as mild as a broken neck.
Texas Woman Breaks Neck, Back In Airplane Turbulence
A woman who was paralyzed (external - login to view)
after disobeying warnings to remain in her seat during a turbulent flight over Texas has suffered the same type of catastrophic injuries as the late Christopher Reeve (external - login to view)
, according to her doctor.
"She is paralyzed from the nipples to her toes," said Dr. Trey Fulp, the spinal surgeon who will perform a second operation today on the passenger at the McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Tex. The woman was one of two passengers and one crew member on Continental flight (external - login to view)
511 from Houston to McAllen who were injured early Saturday morning in mid-flight.
Fulp described the severity of the passenger's injury as a "hangman's fracture," a term used to describe the neck break (external - login to view)
commonly seen in patients who hang themselves.
Fulp's wife, Kathy Fulp, was one of the first nurses to treat the patient. She told ABCNews.com that the 47-year-old Spanish-speaking woman, whom she declined to identify by name, suffered a broken back at the thoracic level and a fracture between the C1 and C2 vertebrae in her neck, the same injury that left Reeve paralyzed after falling off his horse (external - login to view)
"She had gotten up and gone to the bathroom," said Fulp. "When she was in the bathroom the flight apparently hit turbulence and she was thrown to the ceiling, which is how she got the C1 C2 fracture. Then she was thrown back against the toilet, which broke her back."
Texas Woman Breaks Neck, Back In Airplane Turbulence - ABC News (external - login to view)