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Monthly Archives: April 2008

New clinic opens at the Temple VA hospital

Published: April 20, 2008

Military veterans with spinal cord injuries have a new place to get the specialized help they need in Central Texas.

The VA Hospital in Temple opened a new clinic Monday morning. More and more veterans are finding the care they need at the VA Hospital in Temple.

“The growth in Central Texas, with more veterans coming to see us, just keeps us always on the run trying to make sure we have enough space and enough staff and enough equipment to take care of everybody.” Bruce Gordon with Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System said.

Fil-Am is most severely wounded Iraq veteran

Published: April 15, 2008

The most severely wounded and disabled US soldier to return home from Iraq is a Filipino-American by the name of Joseph “Jay” Briseno Jr. Shot in 2003 in the back of the neck at pointblank range that severed his spinal cord and left him quadriplegic and blind, Jay now lives with his parents and siblings in Virginia and requires full-time, around-the-clock care.

In an article by news editor Edmund Silvestre published in the Filipino Reporter, Jay’s father Joseph Sr., a retired US Army sergeant, describes the extent of his son’s injuries and needs: “Aside from spinal cord and brain injuries, Jay also suffered two cardiac arrests and has been attached to a life support… doctors told us that he would die, that it’s impossible for him to survive his injuries and that it’s best for all of us if he were to die.”

Paralyzed from his chin down, Jay cannot eat, move, speak or breathe on his own, Silvestre writes. “Although conscious, his ability to communicate is severely limited.”

Spinal cord injury victims get support

Published: April 15, 2008

Lena Schoemaker has always been an athlete. She played varsity basketball and softball and ran cross country at West High. A big part of her life was being active.

But a car accident in 2006 nearly took that all away from her. She suffered a lacerated kidney and a collapsed lung and – most life-altering of all – she was left paralyzed from the chest down.

“You have to learn how to live in a totally different way,” Schoemaker, 18, said. “As far as getting exercise, I started doing [bicycle] spinning [classes] right away. TRAILS was encouraging me, almost forcing me to get back in it.”

Support the Wall

Published: April 15, 2008
Support the Wall
Support the Wall

This website was created in order to support Robert Wall during hisrecovery from the devastating spinal cord injury that occurred onAugust 20, 2005 while on vacation.  On that day, Rob sustainedparalysis from the shoulders down after diving into shallow water.

Former Lion now roars for disabled

Published: April 14, 2008

Recently, I was able to reach Mike Utley over the telephone while he was in Dallas awaiting a flight to Miami. At one time, Utley was a great Detroit Lions offensive lineman, until an NFL game on Nov. 17, 1991, against the Rams, when a hard hit caused a severe spinal cord injury. He became a wheelchair-using Paraplegic.

Now he heads the Mike Utley Foundation, which is working hard for a cure for spinal cord injuries by selectively funding promising research, Rehabilitation, and education programs.

“The Foundation started in 1992, just shortly after I got hurt,” said 42-year-old Utley. “At the time, I wasn’t able to transfer or feed myself, and didn’t have feeling in my hands. I had to have someone run (the Foundation) for me.”

London to Paris bike ride for injured Sian

Published: April 14, 2008

cycle_challen_56u_ PE teacher tackles charity event just four years after breaking back

A PE teacher from Llanfair Caereinion will cycle from London to Paris just four years after breaking her back.

In 2004 Sian Harries, 25, came within millimetres of being paralysed for life when she suffered a tragic accident on a trip to Australia, however just four years on she will now complete a 300-mile journey from London to Paris to raise funds for Spinal Research UK.

On that life defining day Sian was transported 200 miles by air ambulance to Townsville on the Great Barrier Reef Coast, and after a few days was then transferred, again by air ambulance, 800 miles south to a specialist spinal injuries unit at The Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Brisbane.

Scientists make Mice Walk After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: April 13, 2008

Have you ever wondered how we move our hand, feet and other parts of the body? It is through signals emanating from brain giving directions. But if spinal cord, the vertebral tissue connecting brain and lower part of spine, is damaged or injured, it effects our movements of limbs and in some cases other parts of the body leading to paralysis.

Injury to spinal cord results in nerve damage which is due to trauma or injury to vertebral column thus effecting brain’s signaling ability. Till recently doctors were of opinion that the only solution to making a patient with this kind of Disability to move his lower limb was to reproduce the long nerve linking brain and end of spine. But UCLA conducted a study for the first time showing that a new shorter path can be created by our nervous system to restore the cells required for moving lower limb.

Gel Enables Severed Spinal Cord Fibers to Regrow

Published: April 9, 2008

April 10 (HealthDay News) — A nano-engineered gel that inhibits the formation of scar tissue at the site of a spinal injury and enables severed spinal cord fibers to regenerate has been developed by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.

They noted that nerve fibers do have the ability to regrow after a spinal injury, but they’re blocked by scar tissue that develops around the injury.

After the gel is injected as a liquid into the spinal cord, it self-assembles into a scaffold that supports new nerve fibers as they grow up and down the spinal cord and penetrate the site of the injury.

Gym gets people with disabilities in shape

Published: April 9, 2008

Because of a spinal cord injury, Elizabeth Fust is paralyzed from the mid-back down, but don’t expect to see her sitting idly by, twiddling her thumbs, during her leisure time.

The Louisville lawyer is a regular at a gym that Frazier Rehab Institute has opened to members of the public who have disabilities.

The Community Fitness and Wellness Facility on the sixth floor of Frazier in downtown Louisville has become a haven for people like Fust who refuse to allow their disabilities to keep them from being physically active.

“Being healthy and strong is not just important for able-bodied people, it’s important for people with disabilities and may even be more important,” said Fust, 41, of Crescent Hill.

Bills’ Everett has minor surgery to relieve neck pain

Published: April 8, 2008

Kevin Everett is recovering after having minor surgery this week to relieve pain in his neck, which was related to the severe spinal cord injury that nearly left the Buffalo Bills tight end paralyzed last September.

“He’s doing OK,” Eric Armstead said Wednesday. Armstead is an attorney and associate of Everett’s agent, Brian Overstreet.

The operation, performed at a Buffalo hospital, was initially scheduled for Tuesday, but pushed up to Monday, forcing Everett to cancel an appearance at a news conference. Everett was in town to announce a golf tournament and tailgate party scheduled for early July to benefit his newly established foundation to advance spinal cord injury research.

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