Daily Archives: May 4, 2009
the results of spinal cord injury
Nick and Marc Buoniconti joined golf legend Jack Nicklaus as he opened up his home golf course, The Bear’s Club, for the 7th Annual Buoniconti Fund Golf Invitational presented by Stewart Rahr to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
The event turned out to be a sports Hall-of-Fame reunion when the likes of Nick Buoniconti, Lawrence Taylor, Bob Griese, John Havlicek, KC Jones, Don Shula, Ozzie Smith and Harry Carson came out in support of the event.
The Sixth Annual National Neurosurgery Awareness Week (NNAW) kicks off this year on May 3 during the 77th Annual Meeting of the AANS in San Diego. Approximately 3,000 neurosurgical medical professionals will meet to further their continuing medical education in specialty areas including spine and peripheral nerves, as well as cerebrovascular, pain, pediatrics, stereotactic, trauma, tumor, and socioeconomic issues affecting the specialty.
One of the people injured Saturday, when the Dallas Cowboys training facility collapsed, was scouting assistant Rich Behm. He is now paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors who treat spinal cord patients say the road to recovery can be difficult.
Two years ago, Todd Howell raced bikes. “I was racing motorcross and went over the bars; broke my back in three places,” Howell said of his accident.
The injury left the 39-year-old paralyzed from the waist down, and he now uses a wheelchair to get around. “It’s like being reborn. You have to re-learn everything.”
There can’t be many men who don’t go to their own weddings. But that’s what happened to Peter Joyce on his big day in 1985. As his wife-to-be Anne-Marie walked up the aisle of the church, Peter was several miles away lying in a hospital bed. More than 20 years later, Peter tells me how gutted he was to miss the ceremony but then, with a broad grin, he delivers the punchline: “How many grooms do you know get to spend their wedding night with four women dressed in nurses’ uniforms?”
It is typical of the way Peter describes the important moments of his life, even how he ended up in hospital in the first place. Peter was only 20 years old when he severed his spinal cord in an accident while out swimming.
Christopher Crosby can’t breathe on his own or move most of his body.
Somewhere, the 27-year-old has found the spirit to keep fighting for his recovery.
Paralyzed from the neck down in a January accident, the Bradford County man is getting spinal cord injury rehabilitation to prepare him for life back at his family’s farm.
For about three weeks, he has been a patient at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center after a historic surgery at Shands at the University of Florida. Just getting to the Georgia hospital was a battle.
LUCKNOW: Pace of life subdues with age. For 56-year-old Saroj things may be worse. She fell from her roof-top in Basti last week and turned quadraplegic (paralysis of all four limbs) after suffering an acute spinal cord injury. Post-primary treatment, she was referred to Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University’s (CSMMU) traumatic paraplegia unit.
Doctors were of the view that except for a miracle, Saroj’s life would be restricted to a wheelchair once she recovered. May be not now. She underwent a marathon surgery on Saturday. Six months of care, nursing and physiotherapy may make her walk with the help of a support.