Rare Spinal Surgery Gives MLB Player a Miracle Second Chance to Play Ball

A Cleveland Indians first baseman has arrived in the Valley for spring training after making a remarkable recovery following a debilitating spine injury that nearly shattered his career and left him faced with a risk of complete paralysis. Following an innovative and rare spine surgery at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, David Cooper has returned to baseball – a feat many doctors said may never happen.

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Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.