A Georgia woman was left paralyzed after a routine visit to her chiropractor.
Caitlin Jensen, 28, graduated from Georgia Southern University in May with a master's degree in chemistry and biology.
On June 16, she visited her chiropractor in Savannah for an adjustment to her neck after complaining of neck pain.
Soon after the appointment, Jensen was rushed to an emergency room suffering from stroke, cardiac arrest, and a loss of pulse for 10 minutes.
Jensen's mom told news outlets that doctors believe her daughter's stroke occurred "as a direct result of the neck manipulation."
The mom said:
"The surgeon ... 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."
"The chiropractor called 911 and then called me and told me that she was 'having a reaction to the treatment.'"
Doctors at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah said that Jensen had four dissected arteries in her neck after an examination. And the damage led to cardiac arrest and traumatic brain injury.
While the chiropractor Jensen visited before the incident declined to comment, Dr. Steve Ranicki — a spine surgeon — revealed Jensen's condition is rare.
"Those dissections will often produce symptoms of headache and neck pain, which drive people to a doctor's office."
"Once they've gone to the medical doctor or chiropractor, the likelihood is. Unfortunately, a stroke will occur."
Jensen is currently in ICU, and with bills piling up, her family has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for her medical expenses.
Writing on the GoFundMe page, which has raised over $68,000, the family said:
"She has only very slight movement on her left side, and the rest of her body sits in a state of paralysis due to the injury."
The family hopes to get Jensen admitted to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta to further her rehabilitation once she becomes stable enough to leave ICU.