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Quadriplegic man gaining independence after vision surgery

Published: May 7, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

It took a week for them to discover Marshall Burningham was wearing contacts.

The 30-year-old man has worn contacts or glasses most of his life. But after a November fall left him a quadriplegic, glasses were his only option as Marshall moved from Salt Lake City to Lake Shore to live with his parents, Kim and Cindy, as he navigates through his new world.

“The idea of other people putting contacts on me freaked me out,” Marshall said. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Research: Mayo Clinic Radio

Published: May 6, 2017 | Category: News

Dr. Kristin Zhao, director of Mayo Clinic’s Assistive and Restorative Technology Laboratory, and Dr. Kendall Lee, director of Mayo Clinic’s Neural Engineering Laboratory, will discuss research that has successfully used intense physical therapy and electrical stimulation of the spinal cord to return voluntary movements to a previously paralyzed patient. Continue Reading »

The Adventures of Frank and Mustard

Published: May 3, 2017 | Category: Links

FrankandMustard.com

The Adventures of Frank and Mustard is a children’s book that was inspired by Simon Calcavecchia’s experiences of living with quadriplegia.

The reason we created this book is to express Simon’s life experiences in a creative way to both adults and children. The work inspires optimism and strength for life’s obstacles. We hope that in sharing these stories, children will see that they have the choice to see challenges as opportunities for growth. These books will emphasize the power to create love, joy and laughter in response to life’s events. Continue Reading »

Realising There Is Life After Spinal Cord Injury Inspired Me To Help Others

Published: May 2, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

As I put down the phone, I really felt for my new mentee Laura and what she was going through. When you have a spinal cord injury, people assume that it just means you can’t walk, but there’s so much more to it than that. That first time we spoke, Laura told me that she hadn’t had any specialist rehabilitation, any wheelchair training, or advice on how to use a catheter. She was lost.

And yet, I felt shockingly reminded of myself while I was talking to her. I too was a young mother when I was involved in a car crash in 1990 that left me permanently paralysed from the waist down. Continue Reading »

New discovery in spinal cord injuries shows oxygen can improve blood flow and restore motor function: U of A study

Published: May 1, 2017 | Category: News

Neuroscientists at University of AlbertaA new discovery at the University of Alberta will fundamentally alter how we view spinal cord function and rehabilitation after spinal cord injuries (SCI). Neuroscientists found that spinal blood flow in rats was unexpectedly compromised long after a spinal cord injury (chronically ischemia), and that improving blood flow or simply inhaling more oxygen produces lasting improvements in cord oxygenation and motor functions, such as walking.

Previous work had shown that while blood flow was temporarily disrupted at the injury site, it resumed rapidly, and it was more or less assumed that the blood flow was normal below the injury. This turns out to be wrong. Continue Reading »