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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Living with a spinal cord injury

Published: May 12, 2012

There have been many breakthroughs in treatment and care over the last 25 years, and even more improvements in accessibility. But there’s still a long way to go

On a warm summer night in 1978 , Robb Dunfield and two friends climbed up into a house under construction near Jericho Beach to get a better view of the pillowy tall ships floating in the harbour.

They stepped out onto a balcony where the railing had not yet been built. Instead, there was merely a board tapped into place with a nail at either end.

It gave way quickly and Dunfield, then an athletic 19-year-old with a zest for adventure, plunged 30 feet into the darkness. Down, down he went, crashing into an abyss. In those few moments, his life changed irrevocably.

Quadriplegic talks about continuing an active life

Published: May 11, 2012

ANDOVER — After he suffered a spinal cord injury last July, the word “pride” took on a different meaning for Chris Boshar.

He uses it as an acronym for: Patience, respect, integrity, determination and empathy.

“No matter what, you never give in,” said Boshar, 25, who lost use of his arms and legs in a boating accident. “I want to walk. That’s something that keeps me motivated. It’s really all of you and your support that has made it so much easier.”

Disabled vets get hot wheels despite their wheelchairs

Published: May 9, 2012

Left a paraplegic by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan two years ago, retired Marine Jack Pierce vows not to let his disability leave him in life’s slow lane.

Pierce applies that attitude to pretty much everything, including. right now, his summer vacation.

Pierce plans to drive his wife and two-year-old son a tour of national parks and monuments in their 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup, towing a fifth-wheel RV trailer specially outfitted for his needs. And tethered to the trailer will be a three-wheel motorcycle that lets him drive in his wheelchair.

Paralyzed woman completes London Marathon wearing bionic suit

Published: May 8, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury:

She may be paralyzed from the chest down, but a U.K. woman wearing a “robotic” suit has completed the London Marathon 16 days later.

A smiling Claire Lomas, 32, crossed the finish line Tuesday, earning her the title of the first person to complete a 42 kilometre course with the help of a ReWalk suit. The marathon began April 22.

“There were times when I questioned whether I would make it when I was training,” she told the Guardian after the race, which she walked at a pace of about 3.2 kilometres per day with her husband and 13-month-old daughter, Maisie.

Paralyzed Athlete Eric LeGrand Signs On as Sportscaster With Bucs

Published: May 2, 2012

Eric LeGrand is being hailed as an inspiration after he accepted an offer to work as a sportscaster for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The former defensive tackle for Rutgers University was paralyzed from the neck down in October 2010, when he broke two vertebrae in a game against Army — just moments before the game’s end.

Since his accident, LeGrand has been able to stand and walk on a treadmill, with assistance, and he has vowed to walk on his own one day.

A broadcasting major at the New Jersey school, LeGrand resumed his studies in the 2011 spring semester, via video conferences. And in October of that year, he led the Scarlet Knights onto the field before a game in his wheelchair.

Wheelchair Breakdowns Becoming More Common

Published: May 2, 2012

Medicare Reimbursement Chances May Contribute to Increased Rates of Breakdowns and Consequences

Newswise — Philadelphia, Pa. (April 27, 2012) – Wheelchair-dependent patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) are reporting higher rates of wheelchair breakdowns requiring repairs, according to a study in American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AJPM&R), the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, AJPM&R is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.