Monthly Archives: September 2007
Lowering body temperature may aid in recovery
Emergency crews may one day have a potent new weapon against spinal-cord injuries — the one used on the Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Everett after a tackle seemed to leave him paralyzed.
The novel treatment, injecting cold saline in his veins minutes after the injury to lower his body temperature several degrees, has gotten some of the credit for his recovery.
Everett, 25, lay motionless on the field after driving his helmet into an opposing player on Sept. 9. The next day his orthopedic surgeon called the injury “catastrophic” and said the chance of full recovery was bleak.
Heading into week four and putting a quarter of the regular season in the books for most teams, there have two major neck injuries in the NFL.
Buffalo Bills backup tight end Kevin Everett and Houston Texans defensive tackle Cedric Killings both suffered fractured Vertebrae. Everett was injured Sept. 9 and Killings on Sept. 23 after he collided with Indianapolis receiver Roy Hall.
“It was an unfortunate situation in Buffalo,” Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. “It was so difficult to deal with. For a moment there we were staring at a very difficult situation ourselves. We are just fortunate that our man came out OK.”
Christan Zaccagnino awoke at Xishan Hospital near Beijing with a roaring headache.
The 24-year-old Port Chester woman had just endured two hours of spinal cord surgery. Doctors transplanted cells above and below the spot in her spinal cord that was injured 14 years earlier in a diving accident. They hoped to restore movement and feeling to her paralyzed body.
Zaccagnino is among hundreds of people with spinal cord injuries and other debilitating afflictions who have placed their faith in Dr. Hongyun Huang, a Chinese neurosurgeon who has transplanted fetal brain tissue into the lesions of more than 400 such patients from across the world.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans defensive tackle Cedric Killings surprised his teammates by walking into practice Friday, just five days after fracturing a vertebra in his neck.
Killings wore a neck brace and had a black eye from the headfirst collision with Indianapolis receiver Roy Hall on Sunday, but couldn’t keep a huge smile off his face.
As he walked in, someone yelled “Oh God,” before players began clapping and screaming.
Golf Tournament Raises Money For Spinal Cord Patients
STOW, Mass. — Spinal cord injuries can be debilitating, but a Norwood man said recreation is still possible, and in some cases, vital.
NewsCenter 5’s Pam Cross reported that Jerry Donovan said a high-tech chair put him back on the golf course.
“My golf games have gotten a lot better. Before I wasn’t really paying attention to my score. I buried a hole a couple of weeks ago in Norwood, and it just changed my whole attitude,” Donovan said.
It happens every 41 minutes: somebody in the U.S. sustains a spinal cord injury. This epidemic, which affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide, including 300,000 Americans, has yet to become a focus of major medical study — until now. Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation is a global charity dedicated to making spinal injury curable, and its U.S. debut is poised to make a major impact in the athletic community and beyond.
The foundation’s goals are four-fold: (1) funding cutting edge scientific research aiming to heal spinal cord injury; (2) improving scientific communication in this specific field of research; (3) developing concrete, clinical intervention strategies and their potential applications; and (4) preventing spinal cord injuries.
The quick and cooling treatment of Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Everett spurs interest in its use in spinal cord injuries.
Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett’s remarkable progress after a recent spinal injury has ignited hopes that one component of his treatment — therapeutic Hypothermia — could represent a breakthrough for other victims of spinal cord injuries.
But while promising, rapidly cooling the body following catastrophic spine injury may not become standard practice. The treatment has yet to be proven effective in clinical trials, and it appears to increase the risk of infection and cardiac arrhythmias.
PrimeCell Therapeutics Provides Research Support
Preliminary Results Involving 38 Patients Presented at 2007 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PrimeCell(TM) Therapeutics LLC http://www.primegenbiotech.com/pg08/) today announced that it provided research support and pre-clinical studies for a clinical trial that involved the implantation of autologous adult bone marrow stem cells into spinal cord injury (SCI) patients – resulting in some restored function for patients who have been paralyzed for an average of four years, some up to 22 years.
A South Gwinnett High School football player underwent a second surgery Monday morning after suffering a spinal cord injury in a game last week that left him unable to walk.
He has been identified in news reports as Arquevious Crane, an 11th grader at the school. He was injured Thursday in a junior varsity game against Buford High School.
“There is some movement (in the arms) and the family’s obviously hoping that things will get better,” said South Gwinnett principal Berry Simmons.
Bills TE Kevin Everett Continues to Improve, Lifting His Right Arm and Sitting Up in Bed
HOUSTON- Kevin Everett made more significant strides over the weekend in his recovery from a life-threatening spinal cord injury. The Buffalo Bills tight end lifted his right arm for the first time Sunday, a day after sitting up in bed for four hours, Dr. Teodoro Castillo, his attending physician, said Monday. Everett couldn’t sit up for longer than 90 minutes before he was moved to Memorial Hermann Hospital from a Buffalo hospital on Friday.
“Nobody can predict the future but if Kevin continues to show recovery, I am optimistic of a good outcome,” Castillo said.