29 Nov '14, 1pm
Challenged Tour: Golfer Overcomes Partial Paralysis | Golf Channel
Gutierrez was introduced to the drug in September 2012 by accident or divine intervention, take your pick. He chooses the latter. A voice in a dream told him to turn on his TV in the middle of one night. There he saw a program about a paraplegic woman whose chronic pain was relieved by Botox. Gutierrez was experiencing pain from spasticity – a spasming of and tightness in one’s muscles because of an injury to the brain or spinal cord. When Gutierrez started to receive injections from Dr. Gonzalo Revuelta, a movement-disorder neurologist affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston, the results were life-altering. The muscles in Gutierrez’s left arm and leg relaxed and stopped spasming. He slept better than he had in 16 years. And his overall pain, while it didn’t disappear, was reduced by at least half.