Former firefighter recovering after rare surgery

A former firefighter is slowly getting his life back thanks to a rare procedure. Before surgery, Kevin Webber of Blue Springs felt like he was having a heart attack every day. The chest pain was brought on by inhaling too much smoke on the job.

When other procedures failed, doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital looked to Europe for inspiration. They tried a spinal cord simulator to mask the pain.

Webber said in just three weeks, it has made all the difference.

"It's kind of the difference between laying down and giving up and getting up and fighting another day. So, I have high hopes for this," he said.

He now only has to take a third of the pain medication he did before.

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