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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Amazing wheelchair costumes will make you smile

Published: October 25, 2014

 Caleb McLelland at age 3, all smiles as he gets ready to scoop up some Halloween candy in his sweet ride.

On Halloweens past, 9-year-old Caleb McLelland has driven a backhoe with bright yellow wheels, flown through the clouds as Superman and sped into action in his Batmobile. He made all of those transformations in attention-grabbing costumes that incorporated his wheelchair.

“His chair is very much a part of him,” Cassie McLelland says of her son, who has spina bifida. “It makes sense to make it a part of his costume.”

All kids love Halloween, but for kids in wheelchairs it’s a particularly special time.

Wheelchair no handicap for Mets fan calendar model Amanda Perla

Published: October 24, 2014

Amanda Perla-01Twenty-five-year-old Perla, who broke her neck in a car accident seven years ago, was the top vote getter among the 100 or so entries to appear in ‘The 7 Line’ calendar,’ an annual promotional pinup featuring attractive young women wearing Mets-inpired clothing.

Amanda Perla thought for sure her wheelchair would be an issue.

Sure, she was wearing a bright blue Mets cap and a bright blue shirt and was flashing a smile perfect enough for a toothpaste ad.

Paralysed patients have weaker bones than expected

Published: October 23, 2014

weaker bones than expectedPeople paralysed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study* published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

The findings suggest that therapies to maintain bone mass and strength in patients with spinal cord injury need to be commenced sooner and that doctors treating patients with osteoporosis need to think beyond the standard bone density test when assessing risks of hip and other fractures.

A brave mother’s battle to walk again after she awoke from back surgery as...

Published: October 22, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Sarah-Jane StaszakPanic instantly set in when Sarah-Jane Staszak woke up in her hospital bed and found she couldn’t move.

The 40-year-old mother from Blackheath in Sydney’s Blue Mountains had gone to the Royal North Shore Hospital in November last year to relieve the pressure from a herniated disc in her back that left her with intense nerve pain in her left arm.

Mrs Staszak had damaged the disc while carrying some heavy ropes before an abseil and, after experiencing pain that she described as ‘up there with child birth,’ she signed herself up for a laminectomy – a common back surgery.

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of...

Published: October 21, 2014

Darek FidykaSufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells

Millions of paralysis sufferers are today offered the possibility of a cure for the first time after a new technique pioneered by British doctors allowed a man with a severed spinal cord to recover the ability to walk.

A revolutionary implant of regenerative cells has knitted back together the spinal cord of a wheelchair-bound firefighter paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack, restoring sensation and muscle control to his legs.

To walk again – the people behind the story

Published: October 20, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Darek Fidyka Walking On BridgeIt is a moment I will always remember. On a warm summer’s day in Wroclaw, Poland, Darek Fidyka walked across a bridge, using only a frame for support.

This had been his dream for four years, after he was paralysed in a knife attack. Now, after a transplant of cells taken from his nasal cavity, it had become reality.

He is the world’s first patient to receive the groundbreaking treatment.

Behind those few steps lay the extraordinary efforts of a group of scientists, surgeons and fundraisers in Britain and Poland.

Paraplegic groom walks down aisle thanks to robotic exoskeleton

Published: October 20, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Matt Ficarra was paralyzed from the chest down in a freak boating accident in 2011, but he didn’t let that prevent him from walking down the aisle on Saturday night… literally.

Published: October 20, 2014

Probably the best car hand control for disabled drivers (for cars with automatic transmission).

The device works based on the PUSH – PULL principle.

The device itself is a lever, mounted onto a special consose, which is screwed onto the carrying sled of the car seat. Should we pus hthe lever forward, this motion affects the brake pedal directly and, depending on the force of the thrust also regulates the braking effect. Opposite to phase one, pulling the lever to oneself will increase the thrust applied onto the gas pedal. Up untill now, all aids of various products, as well as ours, carry out the function they were intended for in the same way.

Paralyzed man Brandon Stone skydives for charity

Published: October 19, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

“I feel like I’m on death row,” Brandon Stone said, only half-jokingly, on Saturday morning.

Stone, 33, was about two hours from his first skydive.

Quadriplegic Stuart Turner speaks at WIRED2014 via drones and robots

Published: October 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Stuart-Turner-WIRED2014Computer scientist and founder of Robots and Cake Stuart Turner took to WIRED2014’s London stage to talk about open access systems. He did so from just outside Manchester, using a telepresence Beam robot, while flying a Parrot AR drone. And he achieved all of that using only his right index finger and his head.

“I can’t move my body, I can’t get out of this wheelchair — but I can totally fly,” he said. “Robots are awesome.”