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Learning to live a new kind of life

Published: April 9, 2009

49dd1cf211050-99-1Gothenburg teen with spinal cord injury learns about change

She’s paralyzed from her belly button to her toes but Aubrey Freeze was more than ready to return home.

After spending more than three months in hospitals, the Gothenburg High School senior was released from Craig Hospital in Denver, CO, on April 1.

“I’m doing good now that I’m home,” she said.

Injured hockey player, Derek Zike, recovering well

Published: April 9, 2009

derek-zikeAnn Arbor — Derek Zike and his family do not shy from stating the truth.

Derek’s life will never be “normal” again.

But normal is a subjective term.

Derek, 17, is working out his version, trying to create a world as close to the one he knew before the evening of Jan. 16, when he suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed while playing in a hockey tournament at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor.

Bad to the bone

Published: April 9, 2009

au09_trampolineAfter trampoline flip nearly paralyzes Oswego teen, he and surgeon warn to think first before jumping into play

Kameron Botka of Oswego says he has a “history of doing stupid stuff,” but after several broken bones during his childhood and a trampoline accident requiring spinal surgery last fall, the junior at Oswego High School insists he’s more safety-minded now.

The surgeon who performed the five-hour operation that spared Kameron from life with limited mobility says it’s common for young people to be unaware of injuries that can impact the rest of their lives.

Axons Necessary For Voluntary Movement Regenerated

Published: April 9, 2009

92229For the first time, researchers have clearly shown regeneration of a critical type of nerve fiber that travels between the brain and the spinal cord and which is required for voluntary movement. The regeneration was accomplished in a brain injury site in rats by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and is described in a study to be published in the April 6th early on-line edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

“This finding establishes a method for regenerating a system of nerve fibers called corticospinal motor axons.