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Andrew Cho

Jan. 13, 2017, 6:54 p.m.
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Saw on the news he had some blood vessel rupture a few days ago and is now paralyzed.

Found this article on Pinkbike:

When he stood up, the blood vessel had reached its tipping point. The trapped blood applied so much pressure to his spinal cord that it paralyzed him from the neck down.

Andrew collapsed.

Despite so many things going wrong with the situation, there were many fortunate events that saved Andrew’s life. His phone landed ten inches from his body. In an amazing feat of strength and survival, he was able to inch toward his phone using only his chin. After five unsuccessful attempts, he was able to use his tongue and with the help of Siri, dial 911.

When first responders arrived, he was rushed to VGH where he underwent a 4-hour emergency surgery to relieve the pressure on the spinal column.

There's a GoFundMe page for him as well:

Scary. Discuss.

Jan. 13, 2017, 6:59 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 23, 2002

holy shit! that's quite the story of getting to his phone to call 911. healing vibes and hope things turn out ok.

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Ellen Langer

Jan. 13, 2017, 7:23 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

Crazy how you never know how your life is going to change.

While I don't know him personally, I've always seen him at various riding areas and he always seemed stoked to be out riding.

Totally wishing him 100% recovery.

Jan. 13, 2017, 8:43 p.m.
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Andrew's a super guy. Totally crappy hand he's been dealt. I hope he makes a full recovery.

Jan. 13, 2017, 9 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 20, 2005

Cho is absolutely the best of guys. Still can't believe it.

Jan. 14, 2017, 12:12 a.m.
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So he can recover his movement, or is he wheelchair bound for life now?

Jan. 14, 2017, 1:12 a.m.
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Cho bro will make it threw this. He will walk out that door. Much love to him!

I like bikes

Jan. 17, 2017, 12:57 a.m.
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Healing vibez your way from Kamloops Cho!
Scary shit Man

Jan. 17, 2017, 7:09 a.m.
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Ah that sucks.
Healing vibes to this guy.

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Jan. 17, 2017, 8:37 a.m.
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Joined: Sept. 7, 2011

So sad for Andrew, he was one of the designer testers for my bike (gt distortion) . I totally feel for him, back in 1994 I had a series of accidents (slipped on a railroad tie landing on my lower back), hurt it again paddling Lynn creek go over a falls, finally sailing accident on a Laser out a Jericho the day the bc lion wons the gray cup.
I heard a snap and lost the use of legs. Straight to emerg with friends. Turned out to be 2 discs badly herniated along with swelling and massive muscle spasms caused my nerves to blocked.
His is so much worse but lots of hope. I had 3 back surgeries also found a fracture a T5 but I am riding, surf kayaking and snowboarding and I turn 50 this june.
I wish him well ,it will be a long recovery I'm sure but I know how scary it can be.

Jan. 17, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
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Healing vibes and may he fully revover and ride his bike again!

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Jan. 23, 2017, 6:45 a.m.
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I found out that he had to wait 40 minutes for an ambulance because of all the junkie overdoses they felt he was less in danger even though he was paralyzed . He was two blocks from the hospital .
That is so messed up ..

Jan. 23, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
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I found out that he had to wait 40 minutes for an ambulance because of all the junkie overdoses they felt he was less in danger even though he was paralyzed . He was two blocks from the hospital .
That is so messed up ..

yeah welcome to BC we put our junkies ahead of productive members of society


Jan. 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
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Joined: March 2, 2011

Are you saying we should prioritise certain members of society over others?

If a doctor and a teacher have a heart attack at the same time, who should we respond to first?

How about a lawyer and a garbage man?

What if that junkie was your daughter?

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Jan. 23, 2017, 9:33 a.m.
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this really should be in another thread, but I think the news reported a 10 car pile up on the freeway and a fire as a cause for their extra time to get there. Also roads were cited as being still in a crappy state. Totally sucks that he had to wait though.

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