January 06, 2021
Arlington – Medical City Arlington trauma and spine surgery patient Dominic Conner is celebrating the new year by taking his first steps.
Conner experienced a traumatic spinal cord injury after a serious motorcycle accident in November 2019. A year after emergency spine surgery at Medical City Arlington’s Level II Trauma Center and intensive physical therapy, Conner arrived for his one-year checkup and surprised his spine surgeon, Clay Elswick, MD, by standing and taking a few steps.
“When he came to the hospital he had excruciating back pain and inability to feel or move below the belly button, what we call the T-10 level,” said Elswick. “It’s been really great to see his progress over this last year.”
Conner is now working as a barber and looking forward to continuing his recovery in the New Year. Through the ordeal and in the midst of the pandemic, he says he maintains faith and feels hope for the future.
“I always said since I came out of surgery, ‘I’ll walk again,’” he said. “I just stayed positive and I remain positive.”
About Medical City Arlington:
Medical City Arlington (MCA) is a 433-bed full-service, acute care hospital in South Arlington serving Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie and surrounding communities. A Level II Trauma Center, MCA was the first certified Chest Pain Center and the first certified Primary Stroke Center in Tarrant County and a top performer in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care as designated by The Joint Commission. As the Official Hospital of the Texas Rangers, MCA provides high quality orthopedic services and is known for cancer, neurosurgery, spine and gastrointestinal care. MCA delivers more than 4,500 babies annually at its dedicated women’s hospital, Medical City Women’s Hospital Arlington. More than 1,200 dedicated healthcare professionals and volunteers, including more than 800 physicians, staff MCA. Medical City Arlington is part of Medical City Healthcare.