It was August 2008, when Trudy Tuffy hosted a summer party at her home for friends and colleagues, but the gathering quickly turned tragic.
"A friend of mine and I decided to get into the hammock together just to relax a little bit and we went in sideways and it swung over and flipped us over," said Tuffy.
While Trudy's friend managed to land on her feet, Trudy fell two to three feet onto her neck. In mere seconds, as she tried to get up, she realized she couldn't move below her neck. Paramedics arrived within moments of Trudy's fall and brought her to Danbury hospital, where doctors had to act quickly.
"Trudy ended up having a fractured, dislocation of her neck that resulted in complete quadriplegia. It doesn't get any worse than this," said Dr. David Kramer of Danbury Hospital's Spinal Center.
Despite the grim outlook, doctors responded quickly and wheeled Trudy into the operating room within a couple of hours. The timing of the surgery, according to Dr. Kramer, was what inevitably became critical for Trudy's recovery.
"After the initial procedure, she was able to wiggle her toes. She had some increased sensation in her legs," said Dr. Kramer.
To date, Trudy has underwent a few more surgeries and physical therapy and after just three months Trudy was back to work. Today, miraculously, she is practically back to normal, able to perform her household chores with virtually no problems.
"Life is great. Busy and back to normal which I think is the best outcome of all," said Trudy.