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Blow Out Injures Octogenarian


Studies have learned of an 84-year-old man who lived the life of a man decades younger. He didn’t take any medications, played golf, traveled, walked four miles most days, and worked out three times a week.

Part of that fitness routine was work on an inflated exercise ball, until the day after Thanksgiving 2009. He was sitting on the ball, pulling cables attached to weights, when the ball popped without warning. The fall to the hard floor broke his back causing spinal injury.

It was weeks before he learned the ball had been recalled in May of 2009. After surgeries and resulting digestive complications, he walks slowly and can’t sit or stand for extended periods, according to observers in Staten island and Westchester County . He also has to take blood pressure medication. His exercise is physical therapy to keep the pain in his back at bay.

“I’m not the man I used to be,” he told a doctor.

The man is a former insurance agent and his 81-year-old wife is a retired psychology professor who has a great deal of experience as an expert witness in wrongful death and personal injury cases. It is their belief that those responsible for the accident causing the spinal injury are stalling, due to the plaintiff’s age.

“I was shooting for 110, now it’s only 100,” the man told a reporter. He was only half-joking.

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