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Monthly Archives: February 2012

From the Balance Beam to the State Bar

Published: February 3, 2012

UCSF Patient Turns Life-Threatening Condition into Source of Strength

Angelica Galang loves competition. Feisty and determined for as long as she can remember, Galang became interested in gymnastics at the age of four after watching the U.S. women’s team win the team bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

“We didn’t have a pool so I couldn’t be a swimmer and I just thought, ‘Well, let me try gymnastics,’” said the 23-year-old East Bay resident. “I have a living room and I have a couch, so I used to walk along the edge of the couch pretending it was a balance beam.”

Sip & Puff Accessible Fishing

Published: February 3, 2012

Automated fishing system for quadriplegics.

Smart-e-Pants takes the pressure off

Published: February 2, 2012

Electronic undies developed in Edmonton designed to prevent potentially deadly sores

Gem Hebert is the perfect candidate for Smart-e-Pants: she likes when her bum jiggles.

She was even willing to wear the electronic undies in public to show the importance of their continued development to prevent potentially fatal pressure sores for people in wheelchairs like herself.

“You get little tingly feelings,” said Hebert, who, as a former patient at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, tried two versions of Smart-e-Pants that have electrodes built in to contract the buttocks every 10 minutes for 10 seconds to stimulate circulation.

A new way to banish bedsores

Published: February 1, 2012

For 26 years, Stewart Midwinter had been paragliding, but last August after a leap from a Rocky Mountain peak west of Calgary, he encountered unusual turbulence that sent him careening into the mountainside.

His paragliding partner thought he was dead, but Mr. Midwinter was safely plucked from the backcountry and taken to a hospital where he has been ever since, wheelchair bound, able to move only one arm from the chest down.

BreakthrU Horizon – My4Hands

Published: February 1, 2012

Creating My4Hands has been a personal journey of empowerment for Dale, a T-5 paraplegic and has been in a wheelchair since 2005. The My4Hands™ Independence Assistant is a unique tool designed to not slip off the lap of the user and also to hold items from slipping off onto the floor.

Future uncertain for car accident victim

Published: February 1, 2012

WOODSTOCK — Just over a month after a car accident left him almost completely paralyzed, Etowah High School student Tyler Rolison continues to fight to get back everything he lost.

The 17-year-old was at his grandmother’s house in Newnan for a week during Christmas. On Dec. 29, Tyler was driving home to Woodstock to celebrate New Year’s Eve when a car pulled out in front of him on Interstate 85. He swerved to miss the oncoming vehicle, causing his car to flip five times.