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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Everett visits paralysis researchers

Published: March 27, 2008

Kevin Everett and Marc Buoniconti each suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making a tackle. The difference between them on Friday was the result of more than 20 years of research.

Buoniconti has used a wheelchair since being paralyzed while playing football for The Citadel in 1985.

Everett walked through the lobby of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis just about seven months after he crumpled face-down on the turf following a tackle in which his helmet struck another player’s helmet and shoulder pad.

The former Buffalo Bills tight end praised the experimental therapies being developed at the world’s largest spinal cord injury research center.

Tale Of Two Spinal Injuries Shows Progress

Published: March 27, 2008

Everett, Buoniconti Injuries Highlight Advances Of Last 20 Years

15736150_240x180MIAMI — Kevin Everett and Marc Buoniconti each suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making a tackle. The difference between them on Friday was the result of more than 20 years of research.

Buoniconti has used a wheelchair since being paralyzed while playing football for The Citadel in 1985.

Everett walked through the lobby of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis just about seven months after he crumpled face-down on the turf following a tackle in which his helmet struck another player’s helmet and shoulder pad.

The former Buffalo Bills tight end praised the experimental therapies being developed at the world’s largest spinal cord injury research center.

Paralyzed Veterans win battle for Big House seating

Published: March 26, 2008

Imagine buying tickets to a sporting event and arriving at the stadium to find out you cannot get to or fit into your seat.

People in wheelchairs have dealt with this problem for ages, often opting out of attending public events.

A recent agreement between Novi-based Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America and the University of Michigan will change things however, and make more seats available at Michigan Stadium, better known as the Big House, throughout the course of the next two years.

“We believe this agreement will have universal implications,” said Michael Harris, executive director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Michigan chapter. “We think it’s a win-win for everyone. I think the university, we set a precedent for accessibility.”

Broken back can leave you homeless

Published: March 26, 2008

A television presenter who broke her back says many people with similar injuries are being forced to live in care homes.

victoria203Victoria Hollingsworth shattered her spine in a car accident while filming Channel 4’s property programme A Place in the Sun in Spain.

She has now made a report for Radio 4’s You and Yours programme about patients who cannot return home because their properties are not suitable for wheelchairs.

The accident three years ago left Victoria with five broken ribs, a punctured lung and a spine shattered in three places.

Y Therapy

Published: March 15, 2008

Exercises for Paraplegics Offered at Wheeling YMCA

507115_1WHEELING — Spending most of your life in a wheelchair might mean sitting idle for some folks. But not for George Adese.

Adese, 45, of Wheeling has been a Paraplegic for 24 years after sustaining a spinal cord injury. He joined the Chambers YMCA in Elm Grove a year ago and started his wellness program by participating in the “Silver Sneakers” class there geared to senior citizens and those with limited mobility.

“But a lot of the exercises they do include the legs,” he said. “I wasn’t able to do a lot of these, and I found myself feeling out of place much of the time with nothing to do.”

Now, Aussie hope for Manjunath

Published: March 14, 2008

NEW DELHI: On Friday, Manjunath Kalmani received a special visitor at his bedside at the Safdarjung Hospital’s intensive care unit.

photo1After reading the paralysed techie’s story in TOI, 33-year-old Australian Perry Cross, who too suffered a similar injury 14 years ago, and is paralysed neck down, decided to meet Manjunath to given him hope and boost his morale.

It was an emotional meeting. Perry recounted his post-injury days in hospital and Manjunath saw a glimmer of hope. In April 1994, Perry suffered a C2 level spinal cord injury during a football match back home. After spending more than a year in hospital, Perry was rehabilitated with the help of latest technology and good nursing assistance.

Using Airbags without Seatbelts Increases Injury Risk

Published: March 13, 2008

Newswise — In Motor vehicle crashes resulting in airbag deployment, drivers and passengers who are not wearing seatbelts are at higher risk of Cervical spine (neck) fractures and other spinal cord injuries, according to a study in the March 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals, and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.

“Airbags should be used in conjunction with seatbelts to minimize the risk of cervical spine fractures and spinal cord injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes,” concludes the report by Dr. William F. Donaldson III of University of Pittsburgh and colleagues.

Fellow officers raise funds for James Poindexter

Published: March 12, 2008

It has been more than two years since officer James Poindexter’s tragic motorcycle accident. He suffered a spinal cord injury that left him quadrapalegic. Now, he’s encountered another obstacle – he no longer has insurance coverage for his medical expenses. Tonight, friends and family are pulling support from the community with a spaghetti dinner that began this evening.

James also worked with 7News, he was the Crimestoppers Officer when he had his accident. His fellow officers say when James was injured, they not only lost a great officer – they almost lost a friend. Many officers say James Poindexter was an extraordinary officer. He made great things happen – he carried the Crimestoppers program, he started the Citizens Patrol Academy, he was a member of the SWAT Team…and, that just to name a few of his accomplishments.

Businessman proving doctors wrong

Published: March 11, 2008

A man who was told he would never walk again has taken his first steps since suffering a tragic accident.

Guy Harris was left with a spinal cord injury after being hit by a lorry in 2003 which left him paralysed from the waist down.

Doctors told him he would never walk again and tried to prepare him for the worst.

But Mr Harris was determined to recover some feeling in his legs and is now walking with the aid of crutches.

Everett’s Recovery Is a ‘Blessing’

Published: March 11, 2008

GYI0051143266.jpgTight End Much Improved After Spinal Cord Injury

BALTIMORE, March 11 — The black tuxedo was handsomely tailored, and the burgundy vest was a nice touch. The black shoes were polished perfectly, and the sunlight streaming in from a nearby window shone brightly off the diamonds in the watch on his left wrist.

But none of that stood out about Kevin Everett on this evening.

It was the walk.

It has been six months since Everett, as a reserve tight end for the Buffalo Bills playing on the kickoff coverage unit, suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making a tackle during a game against the Denver Broncos on the opening weekend of the NFL season.

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