A 29-year-old man from Guangzhou, China experienced sudden paralysis of all four limbs after spending two consecutive days playing on his mobile phone. The man reportedly spent a lot of his time looking down at his handheld, but this latest gaming marathon was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Late last month, the yet unidentified gamer spent two consecutive days trying to advance as much as possible in the mobile video game he was so passionate about. In the early hours of the third day, he felt a sudden pain and stiffness in his neck. Within moments all four of his limbs went numb, and he found himself paralyzed. His family rushed him to the emergency department of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, where, after an MRI and other tests, Shen Huiyong, the orthopedic specialist, diagnosed him with cervical spondylosis hematoma. That meant that his paralysis was caused by blood clots in his cervical spinal tube pressing against his spinal cord.
The condition had apparently been developing for some time, but it was the two-night marathon which caused it to advance at an accelerated pace. The young man had to undergo an immediate and delicate surgery to remove the blood clots and allow him to regain feeling in his limbs. After spending some time in intensive care, the man regained his fine motor skills and ability to walk but will need multiple sessions of physiotherapy to be one hundred percent recovered.
Dr. Huiyong warned the man that if he continued to strain his neck the same way, the hematoma would undoubtedly return.