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10 Years Ago Today: More Like Superman

February 5, 2020

Dr. Aria Sabit with patient spring 2010

One month ago on this day, our dog got hit by a car and dragged 100′; link to the GoFundMe here. On this date one month ago, I was laid off from my college teaching job due to low enrollment.

But these shocks are nothing like the one that happened ten years ago today, when, in a bicycle accident discussed here, or with more details here, my husband broke his C2 aka the Hangman’s break where 95% of the people die, and the 5% who live are quadriplegics (think Christopher Reeves) except for 3% of that 5% who have fused necks with a significant loss of mobility.

However, instead of being like the human Christopher Reeves, he’s more like the superhero– he’s more like Superman. He is completely recovered with complete mobility.

Night skiing g at Big Bear December 2019

While he can’t fly through the air like Superman can, he flies on his snowboard 30 or so days a year and on his mountain bike as often as possible.

Who doesn’t have mobility?

His doctor.While Dr. Aria Sabit might be a superhero to us for the miraculous surgery he did, Sabit was sentenced January 9, 2017, to 20 years in prison for conspiracy and medical fraud, a verdict that was upheld just over a month ago in December 2019 as reported in the VC Star where the article also states he owes $1.9 million in restitution.  

I will never forget how shocked Aria Sabit was by my husband’s painless recovery. When we went to have the staples and stitches removed from the gash on my husband’s head from his fall (see photo above) and for a check up on the progress for his neck, he was all ready to write script for pain pills and discussed the future surgery he assumed would be needed.

But by then, my spouse was only being medicated by over the counter drugs, sleep, love, and prayer. He didn’t need pain pills to manage the pain because he really wasn’t in pain. And he didn’t need any surgery either. The doctor lined the bones up in his neck perfectly and they stayed perfectly in place during the healing process.

No surgery. Thank the gods and goddesses.

I’m sorry for those who Aria Sabit harmed but grateful also that my spouse was one of the lucky ones to benefit from his expertise.

Read about my husband’s desire to heal and live from a depth psychological perspective here.

Read about our dog who was hit by a car; two vertebrae are compressed but so far his back is stable now that he had surgery to put his hip back in the socket. We could still use some help paying for his ER, surgery, and rehab.

10 years go today, my husband was at risk of paralysis; today he runs, snowboards, and mountain bikes thanks to Dr Sabit, who is now incarcerated… so grateful to all of our friends who helped us in our time of need and during recovery


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