‘He Could’ve Died’: Man Suffers Stroke After Popping His Neck

Henrietta Strickland
May 3, 2019

"I went to the kitchen for an ice pack but couldn't walk straight".

A 28-year-old Oklahoma father is speaking out after doctors say he suffered a major stroke by popping his neck.

"He could have formed more clot on that tear and had a life-ending stroke".

"Currently, I can walk without a walker or cane but I get exhausted much faster than before".

Doctors said the act of popping his neck caused Josh Hader to tear his vertebral artery.

As his symptoms developed, Hader's father-in-law ultimately brought him to the emergency room, where he was treated.

Josh's stroke wasn't that significant, but it did cause a lot of damage.

He said it is not the first time he's seen someone with that kind of stroke.

Time: To call 911 right away. They can't move anything.

"I had hiccups for about a week and a half straight", he said.

McCollom said he believes the hiccups happened because of where the stroke took place, at the base of the brain.

Doctors determined that he had suffered a stroke, which occurs when an artery or a blood vessel that carries oxygen or nutrients to the brain bursts or becomes blocked.

Doctors then had him transferred to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.

'They completely understand what's going on, but they can't communicate.

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. "They can't speak. They can't breathe".

The stroke didn't affect Hader's cognitive function, speech or swallowing, but he did need physical and occupational therapy for balance and learn how to use his left leg again.

Hader said he had to wear an eye patch for a few days.

He also had painful hiccups for a week-and-a-half, almost causing a panic attack.

"Double vision. Blurry vision", he said.

Seven weeks after the injury, he is continuing to recover, saying he still does not have full control of the left side of his body and can not feel sharp pain or hot and cold sensations on his right side.

Hader was on the younger side to experience a stroke, Orra said.

"I'm good emotionally. Like I said before, it's still a struggle walking long distances but it's getting much better", he said.

"The moment I heard the pop, everything on my left side started to go numb", Hader said.

"His wife had been telling him, 'Don't pop your neck".

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