Illustration of rare throat surgery

In a rare procedure, Dr. Simpson placed a plate at the top and the bottom of Justin Stigent’s Adam’s apple. He also crocheted a reinforcing system of sutures to repair the cricoid cartilage. "Laryngeal trauma is very rare. I only see two or three cases a year," Dr. Simpson said. "There aren’t too many ways you can fracture your Adam’s apple, but Justin’s was the classic injury."

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