Monthly Archives: March 2004
Newswise — Jennifer French, who was paralyzed from the waist down in 1998 as a result of a snowboarding accident, has a new mission. Standing up? Walking? No–been there, done that. With the help of electronics implanted in her legs and lower torso, she can already stand up out of her wheelchair and even move around using a walker. But now she’s taken on a different sort of challenge: motivating others with neurological injuries and their caregivers to consider implanted devices. It’s a tougher sell than you might think.
Bad legs don’t stand in the way of sled hockey athletes
ON a Friday night, when much of Anchorage was meeting friends for a late-night drink or watching the final credits of a movie, a group of athletes met on the ice in Eagle River.
Ice time for this coed team at the McDonald Memorial Center was less than ideal. But that was the least of the obstacles it had to overcome to play a round of hockey.
San Antonio Express-News
Being the competitor that he is, ex-football player Chris Canales never has accepted the medical opinion that he probably will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic.
That’s certainly understandable.
LITTLETON, CO — (MARKET WIRE) — 03/23/2004 — Zynex Medical Holdings, Inc. (OTC BB: ZYNX) has added a revolutionary new mode to their NeuroMove™ for spinal cord injury patients. Zynex’s patent pending product, the NeuroMove™, has been used by numerous stroke victims since late 2003. The new mode is five times as sensitive as the stroke recovery mode enabling the identification of minute traces of brain to muscle activity.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A California Congressman who identifies himself as pro-life is drawing fire for his support of scientific research that results in the killing of human embryos.
Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) is one of more than a hundred Capitol Hill lawmakers who have signed a letter to President George W. Bush, asking him to work to expand embryonic stem cell research. He is the only one with a predominantly pro-life voting record on abortion and other issues.
McGraw and Billy Bob Thornton will play an April 10 concert in Austin, Texas, to benefit the Gridiron Heroes spinal cord injury organization. Peter Berg, director of the film “Friday Night Lights,” in which McGraw and Thornton star, is organizing the event.
Steve Peters knows trials and tribulations. Only a few, however, are related to his work as a lawyer.
Twenty-five years ago, Peters was terribly injured and his wife was killed in a car crash with a drunken driver. Paramedics thought Peters was dead, too. Five hours passed before they realized he was alive and transported him to a hospital. He ended up a Paraplegic at age 22.
Of all the catastrophic injuries, spinal cord injury is the most complex. Spinal cord injury is an uncommon condition that has significant impact on the injured person’s Functional, medical, psychological and economic well being. Every year in this country alone, 8,000 to 12,000 people have a non-fatal spinal cord injury (SCI) and there are currently more than 200,000 Americans with SCI. The average age at the time of injury is 15 to 35 years old, with a male to female ratio of approximately 2:1. Spinal cord injuries most frequently occur on weekends, specifically between Friday night from 6:00 p.m. to Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. The peak season of the year for spinal cord injury is in the summer.
BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 19, 2004–This April, a young man named Jack Shadduck plans to bicycle 26.2 miles–completing the same distance as the thousands of runners of the Boston Marathon. Why is it a miracle? Because Jack is paralyzed from the neck down.
13-year-old girl is victim of a wayward U.S. mortar
If there is one true thing about war, it is that even the innocent suffer. And so it was for 13-year-old Ma’rwa Ahteemi last November.