Monthly Archives: July 2010
The fact is none of us know when we may be the victim of a debilitating accident or injury. One moment we could be going through our daily routine as happy as we can be and the next moment we could be struck down with a spinal cord injury or stroke and become disabled for life. One thing we all need to remember is to never say never. It is not always the other person, sometimes it hits close to home.
The following story is true and should be an inspiration to all of us.
Major accidents usually result in severe injuries sustained by one or more persons. Among these injuries, however, injuries to the spine is the worst to be suffered by those involved in the accident. Usually, this type of injury results to paraplegia, which is the inability to move the lower portion of the body, or quadriplegia, which is the total loss of movement in all parts of the body. While it is true there are some victims of spinal cord injury that seemed to recover after a year of rehabilitation, they are still susceptible to long-term health issues which may beleaguer them without end.
I didn’t die that day. Many were told and thought I would, but many more believed I wouldn’t.
Twenty years ago today circumstances collided: a summer northeaster, rain, fog, a branch, a slippery road … and now I have been a quadriplegic and a wheelchair user for half my life.
Tragic? It seemed so as I lay completely paralyzed, hooked up to a machine to breathe, in a coma for more than a month after fracturing my skull and breaking my neck, resulting in an irreversible spinal cord injury and paralysis.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – Tuesday, Angie Plager, president of the Iowa Spinal Cord Injury Association demonstrated “FuelCall,” a device that alerts HyVee gas station attendants when a disabled driver pulls up to the pump.
It’s the latest effort by a private company to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, helping people like Plager, one of 10 million American drivers who suffer a handicap get around without limitations.
Former Jesse White tumbler sues group after paralyzing injury
Jarvis Williams dashed forward in the red-and-white uniform familiar to anyone who’s seen the Jesse White tumblers defy gravity. Going last in a line of acrobats during the parade in Wheeling, he gathered speed, bounded off the trampoline and turned two-and-a-half somersaults.
Williams would say later he had done the same daring maneuver at least 50 times. The Fenger High School senior had learned to make the jaw-dropping stunts look routine, just as thousands of other youngsters had done as members of the famous team named after Jesse White, the Illinois secretary of state.
To commemorate the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury, is joining forces with community members in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record.
UPDATE: They broke the record! 193 people! Broke it by 87 people.
BEING left paralysed after falling 13ft from a window is not stopping brave Allyson Capron from taking on a skydive to raise money for charity.
The 29-year-old had been sitting on a windowsill at a friend’s house when other guests accidentally knocked into her causing her to fall from the partially-opened window.
Allyson was told by doctors that she had broken her back and would probably never walk again
A new pair of robotic legs out of New Zealand lets wheelchair users do the improbable–stand, walk, and even go up and down stairs.
Users transfer themselves from their chair into the Robotic Exoskeleton (Rex) by holding on to Rex’s legs. They then strap themselves in and use a hand-controlled joystick and control pad to maneuver the battery-powered mobility-assist device on solid, stable surfaces such as those inside the home or workplace. (Rex is not designed for use on slippery or soft surfaces, or in areas containing debris or small objects such as ice, snow, sand, grass, mud, or gravel.)
See Hayden Allen using Rex, the Robotic Exoskeleton, a world first product developed by Rex Bionics.
Jeff Scott sounds fairly upbeat calling from his room at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver last Saturday. He just spent the day out at Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium, in a wheelchair, the result of a spinal injury suffered on the last day of the ski season in April.
“I’ve got a robot I ride around in and push it to it’s limits when I can,” he said. “I take it off-road sometimes.”
Scott, 25, an avid snowmobiler and snowboarder, was injured in a snowboarding accident at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on the last day of the ski season when he missed the landing on a jump.