Woman paralyzed after visit to chiropractor now being treated at Shepherd Center

ATLANTA — A Georgia woman who became paralyzed after a visit to the chiropractor is being treated in Atlanta.

Channel 2 Action News has learned that Caitlin Jensen is now recovering at the Shepherd Center in Buckhead.

“There isn’t anywhere I’d rather be than sitting right here in this chair, watching her sleep after a busy day of rehab at the Shepherd Center,” her mother, Darlene Jensen, wrote on a GoFundMe account set up to help in Jensen’s recovery.

Jensen said her daughter is working on regaining her strength and her speech.

On June 16, she visited a chiropractor in Savannah for an adjustment to her neck. Soon afterward, she got sick and was rushed to the emergency room, WJCL reported.

“That morning we were up and talking to her before work. You’re talking to her and then 30 minutes later, she’s in the hospital and now in the ICU,” her brother, Caleb Johnson, told WJCL.

Tests revealed four dissected arteries in Jensen’s neck. The damage led to cardiac arrest and traumatic brain injury. It’s unclear if Jensen’s injury occurred before or during the appointment with her chiropractor.


Channel 2 Action News spoke with Darlene Jensen, who said her daughter’s doctors believe the injury was a direct result of the neck adjustment.

“The surgeon that performed the surgeon on her that saved her life, and every other doctor that has looked at her, have all agreed that this happened as a direct result of the neck manipulation,” Jensen said. “The chiropractor called 911 and then called me and told me that she was ‘having a reaction to the treatment.’”

Doctors were able to revive Jensen and she was rushed into surgery, where doctors repaired some of the tears and placed a stent in one of her arteries.

In a recent video shared by Darlene Jensen, Caitlin shows off her progress in the hospital by playing a game of catch with her brother.

So far, the local community has raised more than $95,000 for her treatment, through a GoFundMe campaign.


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