JFK's bad back may have contributed to his assassination

Nick Reilly
JFK was shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald in November 1963 (Picture: Getty)

The assassination of US President John F. Kennedy could have been prevented if he was not wearing a back brace, it has been claimed.

Kennedy was shot dead by sniper Lee Harvey Oswald as he rode in a presidential motorcade alongside wife Jackie in Dallas in November 1963.

Now, it has been claimed that his death may have been prevented if he was not wearing a brace that eased the pain of a life-long struggle with his back.

According to spinal neurosurgeon Thomas Pait, the tightly laced brace severely restricted Kennedy’s movement and may have ultimately prevented him from ducking forward when Oswald fired the fatal shot from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.

JFK’s back brace may have prevented him from ducking (Picture: Getty)

‘The brace was a firmly bound corset, around his hips and lower back and higher up’, Dr Pait told CNN. 

‘He tightly laced it and put a wide Ace bandage around in a figure eight around his trunk. If you think about it, if you have that brace all the way up your chest, above your nipples, and real tight, are you going to be able to bend forward?’

Pait’s claims come as part of a paper he has co-authored on Kennedy’s failed back surgeries.

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In the document, which has been co-written with neurosurgeon Dr. Justin Dowdy, it is argued that Kennedy that was riddled with pain and ill health during his Presidential tenure.

‘He was one of our youngest presidents, and he was also one of our sickest presidents. Yet it was important politically for him to keep up the appearance of youthfulness and vigor’, Pait said.