Daily Archives: March 8, 2007
A fundraiser to help offset costs of medical care for a South African woman recovering from a spinal cord injury will be held Friday, March 9, at the Hillcrest Country Club in Lower Burrell.
Douwne Muller, 19, of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa, suffered a spinal cord injury while on vacation with her family in March 2005. The injury caused a multitude of medical problems, forcing Muller to be dependent upon her parents and caregivers.
“Douwne has quadrapalegia and that won’t change,” Susan Kreinbrook, Muller’s Physical Therapist for her outpatient sessions, says. “We are aiming to educate her and her family members so that she can rely more on her self and her individual progress.”
Scientists are preparing for a large clinical trial in 2008 which aims to use stem cells to help 400 patients with spinal cord injuries in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan grow new cells and nerve fibers.
Stem cells from umbilical cord blood will be injected into the spinal cords of the participants, who will also be given lithium to help stimulate cell Regeneration, said Wise Young, a leading neuroscientist and spinal cord injury researcher.
Every year around 25 million children are born in India, almost one every second! Result: a bursting population. But this is not a story of India’s teeming millions or what should be done to control this boom.
It is a story of India first public stem cell bank. And what is a stem cell? And what has it got to do with newborn babies? Read on to find out.
70% of spinal cord injuries in children result from Motor vehicles, most without seatbelts
March 8, 2007 – When today’s senior citizens were kids, there was no such thing as a car seatbelt. Everyone piled into the car, or maybe even the back of a pickup, and took off. Although senior drivers have had to adjust to these new fangled safety devices, they need to be aware of the danger to their grandchildren, if not buckled in. About 1,500 spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are sustained by children age 18 and younger every year, approximately 70 percent are a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Tim Reynolds is not just any ordinary guy. He has it all — a wife and three children, a house overlooking the Navesink River, and he works for a trading firm.
But Reynolds also suffers from a spinal cord injury. Six years ago, he was in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. His life was spared on Dec. 14, 2000, after emergency surgery at the University Hospital in Newark, but his crushed spinal cord was beyond repair.
Reynolds spent three months in the hospital, he said: a few weeks at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and the remaining months at Kessler Hospital in West Orange. His doctor at Kessler was Barbara Benevento.
Bill Bowen of Rockwood, Tenn., is a natural at giving. For years, he worked at a tree service company, providing for his growing family … until a tree fell on him, leaving him with a severe spinal cord injury. Even though the accident paralyzed his body, it didn’t affect his giving spirit. He quickly took on the role of Mr. Mom to his young children, while his wife, Kristi, worked at a local hospital.
Despite setbacks in life, Bowen still gives his all to his family and to perfect strangers—fellow outdoorsmen with disabilities.
“People have helped me my entire life; I’m tired of that. I want to help people,” 25-year-old Zan Peavy insisted.
On her first disaster deployment away from her home in Florida, American Red Cross volunteer Zan Peavy inputs client casework data from the Georgia tornadoes.
Peavy suffered a spinal cord injury during birth and uses a wheelchair but that doesn’t stop her from helping people. The Tallahassee native is enthusiastic about volunteering for the American Red Cross.