Daily Archives: November 23, 2006
Cortney Hoffman is walking.
In 2002, when she was 16, she rolled her car. She woke up staring at a perfect summer sky, wondering why she didn’t just stand, walk to the road, and call for help.
After a frantic Life Flight ride, with the confused Temperance girl asking attendants, “Why? Why? Why? Why?” and begging for a window seat, she learned her spine was crushed. She will never walk again, she was told, never regain the use of her hands, never recruit the voluntary cooperation of her bladder.
Drs. Robert Morecraft and Da-Qing Yang, professors of basic biomedical sciences at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, recently presented at the Spinal Cord / Traumatic Brain Injury Educational Symposium in Sioux Falls. The symposium was organized by The Advisory Council for SC/TBI Research.
Morecraft collaborated with William Darling of the Department of Exercise Science at The University of Iowa, and Colin Combs of from the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, to present a lecture entitled, ”Structural, Molecular and Behavioral Mechanisms Underlying Motor Recovery in the Acute Phase of Traumatic Brain Injury.”
(WCCO) Pause for a moment to ponder some of the basics of life we may take for granted — like walking or just being able to move our hands.
A couple from Eagan knows how precious such simple things can be, and they’re willing to go halfway around the world to get those abilities back.
Jay Magee and Jill Kraus had a fairy tale beginning to their lives together. They were wed in April of 2005 on a sandy ribbon of Dominican beach, but “happily ever after” soon took on a new meaning for the longtime sweet hearts.