| By Jason C. Mattox
A Panola County man who thought he would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his days now has a brighter outlook on life – including a desire, and chance, to walk again.
During early morning hours of Dec. 13, 2003, Jason Spivey and friend Allen Mooney were on their way to Mooney’s residence when the sleet and slush blanketing the intersection of Highway 6 and Blackjack Road caused Spivey’s 1987 Camaro to leave the road.
"It was icy and wet that night and the car hydroplaned," Spivey said.
According to Spivey, the car plunged into a nearby ravine leaving both driver and passenger trapped in the vehicle.
Mooney, who had his cell phone, called 911 and reported the emergency.
"Allen is the one who kept me alert," Spivey said. "He kept me awake and kept me from choking on my blood."
Mooney was treated for minor injuries at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford and released.
The impact of the crash left Spivey with a broken neck and a crushed left leg.
Although the WINGS unit from The Med was dispatched and arrived at the accident scene, it was unable to land due to the weather.
Spivey was transported to Baptist in Oxford where doctors worked to stop bleeding and stabilize him while waiting for a break in the weather that could allow him to be transported to The Med.
Spivey spent a total of nine weeks at The Med including the first four weeks in a medically-induced coma.
"The first thing that came into my mind when I woke up was ‘Where am I?’" he said. "I really had no idea what had happened to me and I didn’t know how bad it was."
Spivey said to this day he does not fully remember what happened at the time of the accident.
"I remember I was driving Allen home, but the rest of it is a complete blank," he said. "All I know is what people have told me about it."
At the time Spivey awoke from the coma, he was paralyzed from the neck down and wondered if he would ever regain the feeling he had lost.
"It was really scary when I first woke up," he said. "But I realized I was really lucky to be alive."