Crushing our joints may be a bad habit, but it does not prevent most of us from doing so. However, for 23-year-old Australian girl Natalie Kunicki, a seemingly harmless crack that cost her life much.
Hanging out with a friend in his apartment in London, Kunicki was watching a movie after one night. He stretched out his neck and heard a loud "crack," but he did not think it and slept. But when he awoke 15 minutes later, he realized that he could not move the left leg.
Get out of bed to go to the bathroom, he falls on the floor.
"My friend needs to come in and pick me up. He thought I was drunk, but I knew that something else was wrong, I thought I was clogged," she told The Sun.
As a paramedic, Kunicki was embarrassed to call the ambulance because they wanted to see her "tipsy." Because she was young and healthy, she doubted what would happen to be a stroke.
However, when the first responders arrived, they discovered that his neck crack had ruptured his vertebral artery ̵
The left part of Kunicki is almost paralyzed.
The surgeons repaired Kunicki's artery with a stent, however, they could not clear the clot in his brain. They believe that the clot will dissolve over time.
He was in the hospital for almost a month trying to recover the movement on his legs, arms and hands.
"I recovered the movement in my left side. I can walk but not for more than five minutes."
"I'm really clumsy. I can not make the buttons, I'm very difficult. feeling hot and cold now but I still feel a numb, "Kunicki told The Sun.
As doctors can not give an exact time Kunicki is fully recovered, he hopes he can do "light duty" within six to 12 months.
Kunicki moved from Canberra to London to join the London Ambulance Service Service in December 2017.
His family set up a GoFundMe page to assist in his medical charges.
While Kunicki hopes to return to the work he loves, he still does not believe in what is a small cause.
"I'm not smoker, I do not really drink, I have no family history of strokes so it's a bit strange to have happened to me when I just moved to bed," he told The Sun.
"It's only voluntary and there's a million at a time that's happening."