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Oldest Known Paralyzed Human Discovered

Published: August 6, 2009

paraplegic-skeleton-324x205The remains of a man who could be the world’s oldest known paralysis victim have been unearthed by Australian bio-archaeologists in northern Vietnam.

Found at the Neolithic cemetery site of Man Bac, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Hanoi, the remains are between 3,500 and 4,000 years old and belong to an adult male who died around age 25.

Called Man Bac Burial 9, or simply M9, the young man suffered from paraplegia or possibly quadriplegia due to a rare disorder called Klippel-Feil Syndrome, a condition involving congenital fusion of the spine.

Paralyzed teen still surfing… and now his dog is, too

Published: August 6, 2009

kona-surfingWhat makes a bad day? Is it missing the bus? Spilling coffee on your new shirt? Leaving your wallet at home?

For Patrick Ivison, who has spent nearly his entire life in a wheelchair, there is no such thing as a bad day. Fifteen-year-old Patrick is the quintessential optimist.

Patrick was only a toddler when he wrangled away from is mom in a grocery store parking lot, and in that split second, a car backed up over him. Doctors told Patrick’s mom Jennifer that her son was paralyzed from the neck down. It was news that could cripple any parent, but Jennifer considered it a blessing, realizing that her son, who narrowly escaped death, had now been given a second chance.

The scourge of bedsores is being confronted

Published: August 6, 2009

What do you know about bedsores? They come from too much pressure on your skin in one place for too long. If you are paralyzed, and have no sensation, say, on your butt, you might not even be aware you have one. And it can kill you.

Believe it or not, an ongoing controversy concerning whether or not bedsores are preventable was resolved when Medicare declared pressure ulcers (bedsores) a “never event”, i.e. a medical error.

Injury awareness presentation for Kedron State School

Published: August 6, 2009

awareness-presKEDRON: Students at Kedron State School will hear important injury prevention messages to help keep them safe in the schoolyard and beyond next week.

Spinal Education Awareness Team (SEAT) presenter Robert Spencer, who has been presenting for the past 16 years, will share his story of how he sustained his spinal cord injuries and what life is like using a wheelchair with children from Prep to Year Seven on August 13.

Mr Spencer, pictured, has spoken to almost 90,000 children about the danger of risky behaviours such as diving into water before checking its depth, not wearing a seatbelt or playing sports recklessly.

Life changing, not life ending

Published: August 6, 2009

PeterChisholmIt’s quiet under the water. The roar of the rapids muted.

But Peter Chisholm’s heart raced as he fought to grab the loops of his spray skirt.

This time it was different. This was not like the thousands of times he’d rolled in his kayak while navigating a rushing river.

In less time than it takes to dip a paddle in the water, Peter was upside down, the river hurling him on a life-changing ride.