Rich O “Out of Commission” Due to Spinal Injury; Inside the Medical System Big Time

Rich O at St. Elizabeth’s E.D. (Boardman, Ohio) after transport by Cardinal Joint Fire District Paramedic/Firefighters


18th April 2019 Rich Obertots sustained a spinal injury while grappling with a > 200 lb. boxed refrigerator he was trying to transport by himself on a dolly to his condo that overturned when high winds took it and him over.

After uprighting the refrigerator and getting it back on the dolly (to get it out of a driveway he was blocking) he later noticed some “back pain.” Findings – 3 agonizing trips to the E.D. later after an MRI; Herniated disc L2/L3 (with significant extrusion) and two more compressed below it.

The good news – Rich is deep inside our medical system learning about its state of the art real-time. Most care is now occurring within The Cleveland Clinic health system and Mercy Health. All devoted to not ending up in surgery. Charge on!

Special thanks to those at the Boardman, OH St. E’s E.D., Cardinal Joint Fire District, Canfield, OH, Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Canfield OH and Dr. Reema Taneja and Staff, Canfield, OH for dealing with this cry baby who’s pain level is always “12 or above.” You have astonished!

News will be forthcoming.