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Shannon Rosenberg

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Do you pass out when the spinal cord is severed?
« on: 22/02/2010 18:30:02 »
Shannon Rosenberg asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi, I have decided to e-mail you because I battle to get through to 702 and it is a horrible question to ask on air!

With the recent shark attack in Cape Town we were wondering how long you still have brain function or how long you can still see after your spinal cord has been severed,  for example if your legs and say the bottom half of your torso were bitten off would you pass out immediately or would you be able to see the shark come back to finish you off ?

I know it is an awful subject but you are the only person who may have the answer!

Kind regards,

Shannon Rosenberg

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Do you pass out when the spinal cord is severed?
« Reply #1 on: 23/02/2010 06:28:04 »
... we were wondering how long you still have brain function or how long you can still see after your spinal cord has been severed,  for example if your legs and say the bottom half of your torso were bitten off would you pass out immediately or would you be able to see the shark come back to finish you off ?

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In medicine (surgery), hemicorporectomy (also named translumbar amputation and "halfectomy") is a radical surgery in which the body below the waist is amputated, transecting the lumbar spine.

The UK's National Health Service, for example, in its "Policy and Procedures for the Recognition of Life Extinct" describes traumatic hemicorporectomy as "unequivocally associated with death" and that such injuries should be considered "incompatible with life". The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT) have also released similar position statements and policy allowing on-scene personnel to determine such patients unresuscitatable
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemicorporectomy

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