Jonathan Buckelew, 32, experienced neck pain and a headache for four days. In addition, he suffered bouts of blurred vision and ringing in his ears. He went to a chiropractor — Dr. Michael Axt — who completed a neck adjustment.
When Buckelew sat up after the adjustment, he reported dizziness; he appeared disoriented. Dr. Axt called 911, and Buckelew, who became unresponsive, was taken to North Fulton Hospital.
By the time he arrived at the hospital, he was able to move only his right hand. An emergency physician, Dr. Matthew Womack, allegedly diagnosed a possible dissection and ordered a CT of the brain and a computed tomography angiography (CTA) of the neck. A radiologist, Dr. James Waldschmidt, interpreted the CTA showing a potential vertebral artery dissection.