Monthly Archives: June 2012
‘Sneak Previews’ creator uses her skills in TV to aid those with spinal injuries
They are the faces and voices of survivors, answering important and sometimes personal questions about their life’s adjustments in short video segments.
There’s Steve, who became a paraplegic at age 23 in 2006, talking about the suicidal thoughts he had after he suffered a spinal cord injury. There’s Tony, who became a quadriplegic at age 27 in 1990, going into detail about his long rehabilitation process and sex after his injury.
And then there’s Carol Ann, whose son became a quadriplegic at age 20 in 1993, discussing the difficult first days after the injury, when she thought she’d lose her child. And there’s Lisa Rosen, a program manager for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, providing information about adjusting to life in a wheelchair.
With just a few days to go until the big dance recital, Charlene Curtiss is feeling like it it’s all coming together.
The history of disability depiction in the media is a terribly sorry one. There is real hope that this is about to change with the premier of Push Girls this week on The Sundance Channel, riding along in the lives of four vibrant women who happen to have spinal cord injuries and get around on wheels. The usual approach in film and television is to have a disabled person who is either angry (Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life), angry (Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic in Born On the Fourth of July), or angry (and tormented, as in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera). Even in the recent and wonderful Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese, Sascha Baron Cohen’s train station guard is the bad guy, wearing a leg brace thanks to a war wound. He is redeemed at the end as a nice guy, but make note: they gave the one angry character in the film a disability. The Push Girls aren’t going to be angry. They’re going to be feisty. A way different thing.
Spinal injury patients with limited hand function are able to access the internet through modified iPads
Spinal patients at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney are using modified iPads to help them browse the Web and connect with family and friends.
The specially configured iPads have been modified for the needs of patients with paraplegia and tetraplegia, who often spend around six to nine months in hospital undergoing rehabilitation after an accident.
DENVER — They were told they’d never fly again. But an invention being put to use right here in the metro area could give new hope to military pilots injured at war.
The most common types of spinal cord injury are contusions and compressions. Unlike most other parts of the human body that get contused (bruised) or compressed (pressured), the spinal cord when so affected can lead to severe and permanent dysfunction. Spinal contusions occur when the spinal cord is bruised, often causing inflammation and bleeding from blood vessels near the injury site. Spinal compressions occur when pressure is applied to the spinal cord by an outside source, such as bones, from a vertebral fracture, or blood, from an adjacent hematoma. Since the spinal cord is composed of neural pathways that cannot regenerate once they are destroyed, spinal contusions and compressions can lead to permanent paralysis. Spinal contusions and compressions are usually medical emergencies, requiring immediate treatment.
Patients with spinal cord injuries are challenging mainstream treatments in their bid to recover use of their paralysed limbs. Quadriplegic Matthew Pierri reports.
IN THE early morning of June 17, 2007, I had a nightmare. I was strapped to a bed in a dark room, paralysed below my chest. I struggled in silence until a lady appeared. She sighed and told me to relax, asking me if I knew where I was; if I knew what had happened. I didn’t answer, I just tried to wake up.
You never forget the moment you realise you’re already awake.
IT WAS one small step for a rat, but it may be one giant leap for mankind.
Rats paralysed by spinal injuries have learned to walk, and run, again after groundbreaking treatment which “awakens the spinal brain” and helps the spine to repair itself.
Australian experts yesterday hailed the successful research as bringing science to “the edge of a truly profound advance in modern medicine” by allowing paralysed people to walk again.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the opening moments of a new reality show, a pretty blonde pulls up to a gas station in her sporty Mustang. As she fills the tank, she catches the eye of a man across the station and smiles. Soon she drives away, waving to her admirer as she leaves.
Another Kardashian-style series? Not quite. Around her fueling and flirting, we also see the woman assembling a wheelchair, popping herself into it and then disassembling the chair before driving off.
The blonde is 28-year-old Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of “Push Girls,” a Sundance Channel reality series premiering Monday that takes viewers into the lives of four beautiful wheelchair-bound women.