Yearly Archives: 2006
TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ – Today, Toronto Fire Fighters joined Rick Hansen and the Man in Motion Foundation to help raise awareness of spinal cord injury (SCI) and related disabilities in communities around the country. The event included a Wheelchair Skills Challenge at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to demonstrate the obstacles that Canadians living with SCI and related disabilities face every day.
CHICAGO — Spinal cord injuries are among the toughest conditions doctors encounter. So far, science has little to offer paralyzed patients.
NBC5’s Nesita Kwan reported Tuesday that new technology in Chicago is offering some hope.
Not all spinal cord injuries are permanent. Doctors have found that patients with slight feeling can regain more movement than ever thought possible.
The world may be missing the most important points of South Korea’s still unfolding cloning scandal.
While Hwang Woo-Suk’s stem cells fraud grabs the world’s attention, a remarkable display of professional ethics by Korean media’s remains unrecognized. Had the Korean media knuckled under to government and social pressure, remaining silent concerning a focus of Korean pride, the world’s dying and disabled might have waited years for the fulfillment of a fraudulent hope.
Nor is this the first time that cloning overshadowed a more worthy cause for Korean pride.
College student ready to undergo experimental stem cell transplant
MISHAWAKA — Joey McTigue relies on his muscular shoulders and arms to pull himself down the lane of the Memorial Hospital’s rehab pool. Leg power isn’t available. A float holds his knees together and keeps his legs from sinking.
It really doesn’t matter how fast he goes. Speed is no longer the main goal for the former Michiana Soccer Association standout.
Instead, his workouts are about time.
New Mobility Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2001. I’ve created this site to promote the disability rights movement. It’s dedicated to the pioneers of the movement and the people and groups that are making a difference. Hopefully the awareness and connections it creates will stir more action.
THERE WAS FEAR, of course, along with the invevitable questions: Why did this happen? What’s going to become of me? But the emotion Taylor Chace most remembers from the immediate aftermath of the injury that rendered him partially paralyzed is anger.
“I was angry at first. Of course I was,” Chace said last week, three years and three months after he slid violently into the boards of a hockey rink in Cannington, Ontario, shattering the L-1 vertebra in his spinal cord.
“But anger helped me to turn my life into a positive. I didn’t want this to stop me from living my life.”
An imminent medical breakthrough in the treatment of paralysis (Paraplegia and Tetraplegia) is anticipated in Professor Geoffrey Raisman’s lecture: Repairing the Spinal Cord: Ripples of an Oncoming Tide. This inaugural lecture will be given at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 11th January at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1N. This is also the official opening of the UCL Spinal Repair Unit.
The Lecture has proven to be very popular, and all tickets for it have now been allocated.
NEW YORK — Having spent 23 years in a wheelchair, Wall Street analyst Henry Stifel keeps a close eye on spinal cord research. And he says the latest scientific scandal in South Korea has not dimmed his hope that stem cells may one day help people like him.
“Some research was discredited. It doesn’t discredit all the research that’s been achieved,” said Stifel, who is quadriplegic.
SIHEUNG, South Korea — The boy who became known as “Donor 2” was propped up in a wheelchair when a team of esteemed scientists strolled into his hospital room nearly three years ago.
Nine-year-old Kim Hyeoni had been hit by a car while crossing the street the previous year. Once a chubby-cheeked child who loved baseball and practical jokes, he now was paralyzed from the chest down.
“Sir, will I be able to stand up and walk again?” he asked the leader of the team, a South Korean veterinarian named Hwang Woo Suk, according to an account by his father.
The wheelchairs crashed with a loud metallic “thunk” that echoed through the gym. Jaffer Odeh, wheeling furiously, slipped through a crease in the tangle of athletes to score another goal.
Several basketball players shooting on adjacent courts at the Rec Center on the University of Michigan’s Flint campus grabbed chairs and watched in silence. The wheelchair rugby teammates continued to bash into each other as they darted around the floor, frequently passing a volleyball.
After one play is whistled dead, Odeh playfully crashes into teammate Felipe Vanegas and Odeh’s chair tips over. “Get up, you pansy,” someone says playfully as a teammate helps Odeh right himself.