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broken neck

Fracture, often with dislocation, of any of the bony vertebrae of the neck. The importance is not so much the bony injury as the probable injury to the spinal cord lying within the bony canal. Such injury is likely to be serious and may be fatal. Survivors often suffer permanent paralysis below the level of the injury. Neurological damage can be increased by moving a person with a broken neck.
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In this way a small gang of lurkers will hurry off the cavalry of a large war party, for when once a drove of horses are seized with panic, they become frantic, and nothing short of broken necks can stop them.
They were content to reach ground again without broken necks, and take the townward track over the hill.
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A WARTIME pilot who died four days after his 70th wedding anniversary had been sent home from hospital when doctors failed to spot his broken neck.
MOSBY SAID FREDDIE SUFFERED a broken neck after being "handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained" inside a police van.
Then the Newcastle College sports science with coaching student, who coaches Boldon Girls Under-12s, suffered a broken neck at a lower point on her spine.
LEGENDARY goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who famously played on despite suffering a broken neck in the 1956 FA Cup final against Birmingham City, has died aged 89.
His feat in the 1956 FA Cup final became one of the legends of the tournament when he played the final 17 minutes of that game with a broken neck to ensure victory over Birmingham City - an injury so serious he was then out of action for several months.
Awuor, who died of a broken neck, is alleged to have started the dispute at around 1pm by throwing a stone at Ruai.
LONDON Irish and Scotland centre Joe Ansbro is recovering in hospital after suffering a broken neck against Munster on Friday night.
AN ex-soldier was stunned to discover he had been living with a broken neck for more than 40 years.
Chris Birch, 26, suffered a stroke and a broken neck after trying to do a back flip.