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You Can Help Find a Cure for Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 4, 2015

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It all started with a single toe. Even today, Dr. Susan Harkema recalls the words spoken by one of the research participants: “Look Susie, I can move my toe.” The patient’s name was Rob Summers and he was completely paralyzed from the neck down. After a car accident he was told he would never be able to walk again. But just a few weeks after Harkema had implanted an electrical stimulator wired to the spinal cord, the unthinkable suddenly became reality. Rob slowly started to move his limbs.

Quadriplegic mom raising twin girls faces extra hurdles

Published: March 4, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

quadriplegic mom with twinsThree years ago, she gave birth to twin girls at Hamilton’s McMaster University Medical Centre, an event so rare that her care team did not know of another similar case.

Emma Whelan wants a cuddle.

There are strangers in her house and the three-year-old needs the protection of her mother’s lap.

She scrambles up her mother’s legs, grabbing the wheelchair for support, and settles into the crook of her mom’s shoulder.

Wheelchair-equipped dog is candidate for stem cell therapy, adoption

Published: March 4, 2015

Bolt dog wheelchair-2WALKER, MI — Bolt, a two-year-old terrier mix, behaves just like any other dog at Kelley’s Animal Clinic.

When called or tempted with a treat, he rears his head, ears perked in interest.

Unlike other dogs, however, Bolt needs a bit of mechanical help to get around.

Equipped with a set of wheels mounted to his hind quarters, the small white and brown dog continues to thrive even after suffering an accident that left him without control of his lower half.

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