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Daniel Jacob's Story

They resurrected me and gave me a second chance. It was a great moment in my life to be able to get back in the ring.

Daniel Jacob"They say 'you play basketball, you play football, you play tennis.' But you can't play boxing. You have to fight." Daniel Jacobs was a rising star in the boxing world when he began to feel numbness in his legs. Numbness became weakness and the weakness grew progressively worse. When Daniel woke up one morning completely paralyzed, he was rushed to his local hospital. An MRI revealed a large tumor wrapped around Daniel's spine. The doctors knew immediately where he had to go: NewYork-Presbyterian. Within hours, spine surgeon Dr. Roger Hartl and his team were using precise 3-dimensional imaging to navigate the path to Daniel's spine. They removed the tumor and rebuilt the damaged area of the spinal column. How well did the surgery work? On August 9, 2014, Daniel Jacobs defeated Jarrod Fletcher to become the WBA Middleweight Champion of the world.


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