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Blowing away a sniff of a cure

Published: August 15, 2008

10527285Andrew Commons is determined to walk again – utterly determined. As well as following an intensive daily exercise regime, he’s also undergone courses of stem cell treatment for the spinal cord injury that has confined him to a wheelchair. Just back from Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital, Commons says it’s too early to tell whether several injections of stem cells into his spine have worked, but he’s optimistic. “I’ve now got a bit of movement in my left big toe, which is pretty good. They say if you can move your toes, you’ll walk at some stage, so obviously I’m pretty hopeful about that – if the stem cells do have a benefit, with luck I’ll be on my legs.”

Youth minister adjusts to ‘new normal’ with spinal injury

Published: August 15, 2008

0816paralyzed2mjaAccident damages Gainesville man’s body but not his spirit

ATLANTA — Vester Lewis is getting used to what he calls “the new normal.”

Normal for him used to be enjoying his retirement from AT&T with his wife, Lynn, ministering to kids at Hopewell Baptist Church, playing with his grandchildren and taking lunchtime jogs near his home off Tanners Mill Road.

All that changed on the afternoon of May 7 when a car driven by an alleged drunken driver plowed into him as he jogged along the side of the road, sending him flying. The impact cracked his ribs, collapsed a lung, tore ligaments in his knee and broke his back.