When Tom was 16 years old, he was the passenger in a car that was hit head-on by a drunken driver. Tom’s back was broken in five places.

In the 33 years since, Tom has had 19 surgical procedures to try to stabilize and align his back, all the while trying to manage the pain.

“There are days that I have to lie in bed all day because it’s so painful. I just can’t get out of bed. I’ve tried everything,” Tom says. “There is no relief. I’ve gotten to the point I’m sick and tired of taking pain pills. I don’t like how they make me feel. I don’t want to take them anymore.”

The Doctors call in the “IV League,” a team of experts in their fields who tackle the most complicated medical cases.

“We have to bring in the best of the best,” says Dr. Kerry Assil, an ophthalmologist and member of the IV League.