On March 27th, 2012, Kevin Neary underwent surgery with Dr. Matthew Kaufman in an effort to salvage his phrenic nerve and install a pacemaker to get his diaphragm working. The 29-year-old graduate of the University of Pennsylvania had been on a ventilator since Nov. 15, when he was shot during an attempted robbery in Northern Liberties and left quadriplegic. Doctors thought that the damage from the bullet, which was still lodged in his neck, had impaired the phrenic nerve, which triggers the diaphragm and allows the lungs to draw in air. He was hopeful that this procedure would get him off the ventilator for six hours per day.
In a recent video that Kevin sent in shows that he is almost 100% off the ventilator and breathing on his own.