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Victim Of Internal Decapitation Continues Road To Recovery

In January 2007, an auto accident resulted in Malloy’s skull becoming dislocated from her spine. The medical term is “internal decapitation.” In other words, the two were held together with just tissue and muscles. When 7NEWS first aired the story, doctors told us a patient’s odds of survival are typically slim. “I’ve seen it once before and, unfortunately, the patient didn’t make it,” said Dr. Gary Ghiselli. But Malloy has managed to pull through. Doctors were able to fuse her skull and neck together using a halo. Once that was removed, though, there were other problems. The impact of the crash damaged nerves that controlled her eye position. Her eyes were crossed. “I just see so wacky. I can’t even … it’s hard to know,” said Malloy. Dr. Robert King, of Children’s Eye Physicians checked the situation out. After careful analysis, King told Malloy nerves from her brain to her eye muscles were severed or damaged in the accident.


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Fixing Adult Strabismus

A study reported in the Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus suggests that surgery to correct strabismus not be limited to children.  Adults as old as 90 can benefit from surgical correction of strabismus.  In the study, the participants answered questions on how strabismus affected their lives before they had surgery and again after they underwent surgical correction.  Researchers looked at areas such as its effects on social interaction (maintaining eye contact), concerns about the future (blindness, inability to work/read) and job related concerns (not being hired, retained and/or promoted).  In all areas, participants reported a significant improvement after surgery.

From article “Fixing Adult Strabismus” by Marian Anne Eure, November 19, 2005

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