John is a paraplegic (paralyzed from the waist down) from a severe spinal cord injury which caused Hemorrhagic Infarction (severe bleeding) within the spinal cord leading to Myelomalacia, which is the permanent softening of the whole spinal cord (soft like a wet sponge) caused by intervertebral disc extrusion (being forced or pressed out) from a catastrophic spinal cord injury.
John has been paralyzed since latter part of 2000. In 2012 John had to have his left hip socket removed. John’s other health issues include seizures, DVT in his paralyzed legs and he is on blood thinners for the DVT. The blood thinners make him susceptible to pulmonary embolisms or bleed outs so his blood is checked every couple of days by a machine that checks his blood thickness (INR rate) and his blood thinner medication is adjusted by the Coumadin Clinic after each test.