An elderly bank manager died after he was left a paraplegic with a broken neck following a “rushed” session with a chiropractor, an inquest heard.
John Lawler, 80, had visited a private clinic in York for the third time in a week to seek treatment for a leg injury he sustained by falling through a garden chair when he received traumatic injuries.
The former Barclays Bank manager was chatting to his wife Joan about where to have lunch when he screamed out in pain minutes into his appointment after his treatment table was dropped and raised “without warning”, his widow said.
An inquest in York heard Mr Lawler yelled at Dr Arleen Scholten, “you are hurting me, you are hurting me” before later adding, “I can’t feel my arms”, during what was supposed to be part of a procedure to manipulate his spine in August 2017.
Mrs Lawler, 83 , told the inquest that despite her husband’s distress, Dr Scholten started to apply an activator, a small handheld clicking device that stimulates the spine, to his neck.
Spine manipulation is not always a good thing…..