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Wheelchair no barrier for rescue worker

Published: September 26, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

‘There are no words to describe the things I’ve seen,’ says photographer

Being confined to a wheelchair Being a wheelchair user with a spinal cord injury didn’t stop one determined Michoacán man from contributing to the rescue efforts in Mexico City after last week’s big earthquake.

Twenty-six-year-old Eduardo Zárate traveled to the capital after he heard that one of his friends was missing in the Del Valle neighborhood, one of the worst affected parts of the city. Continue Reading »

Teen rescuer who become quadriplegic celebrates 50 years in a wheelchair

Published: September 24, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Half a century in a wheelchair – it’s not a milestone celebrated often, if at all.

But Peter Kuprijanow is not your average person.

Hailing from Killara, Mr Kuprijanow and his friends were the talk of the town in 1966 when they came to the rescue of a family whose car had crashed into the Kiewa River – one person tragically died, but an elderly couple and two children were saved.

A year later, the young man was again in everyone’s thoughts, after he broke his neck at that same spot. Continue Reading »

‘I never got to thank the stranger who saved my life’ – Coldplay fan left paralysed after diving into pool on family holiday

Published: September 23, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Rob O’Byrne was left in a wheelchair after he dived into the shallow end of a swimming pool

A Dublin man has described his “nightmare holiday” after he was left paralysed in a freak accident while in Spain with his family.

Rob O’Byrne (29) from Co Dublin was drinking by the pool with his family when he jumped into the shallow end of the pool. Continue Reading »

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Published: September 21, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

With hard work and ingenuity, three VCU occupational therapy students devised a swiveling computer table that will help Derrick Bayard increase his independence.

Before dawn on Aug. 8, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Continue Reading »

Indiana AgrAbility Project keeps farming accessible for all

Published: September 17, 2017 | Category: News

Twenty years ago, Justin Hosler met a man he shared two things with: life-changing injuries that rendered both of them unable to walk and physical therapy sessions. In rehabilitation, it bothered Hosler to watch the man refuse to try.

“His refusal to try motivated me … there’s a lot of life left and I couldn’t just sit there and not live it,” said Hosler, who now farms 1,800 acres full-time in Huntington County.

That determination lifted Hosler to ambitiously pursue his dreams. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic is living a full life

Published: September 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Bungee jumping, paragliding and kite-surfing. Not everyone can do these extreme sports, but these are just a few of the things that Brenton Swartz, a quadriplegic, ticks off his bucket list.

Swartz from Atlantis outside Cape Town was only 15 years old when his life changed forever.

It was an ordinary day and he and his siblings were playing at home when a tragic incident left him paralysed from the neck down. His brother accidentally shot him while they were playing. Continue Reading »

UCI heads $8 million NSF-funded project to develop brain-computer interface

Published: September 13, 2017 | Category: News

Implantable technology to restore sensation and walking in spinal cord injury patients

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 13, 2017 — The National Science Foundation has awarded $8 million to a consortium led by the University of California, Irvine to develop a brain-computer interface that can restore walking ability and sensation in individuals with spinal cord injury. This initiative represents the largest NSF award received by faculty researchers in the UCI engineering and medicine schools. Continue Reading »

Spinal Injury Survivors Deliver Powerful Performances; Leave Audience Spell-Bound

Published: September 13, 2017 | Category: News

Sakshi Malik Turns Up to Support the Cause as Indian Spinal Injuries Centre Observes Spinal Cord Injury Day at Talkatora Stadium

Survivors of serious spinal injuries led the celebrations, putting on display a series of power-packed performances that showcased their unwavering audacity and spirit of survival, at a unique cultural event to mark the 2nd Spinal Cord Injury Day. The performances very appropriately reinforced the theme of this year’s Spinal Cord Injury Day “YES WE CAN”. Continue Reading »

Real-life ‘Iron Man’: Paralyzed surgeon uses standing wheelchair to perform surgeries

Published: September 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Dr. Chris McCullough of the Morristown Medical Center uses a $20,000 dollar standing wheelchair enabling him to perform five to six surgeries a day. Continue Reading »

What’s the Latest in Spinal Cord Injury Technology?

Published: September 12, 2017 | Category: Answers

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients come to Burke’s inpatient acute rehabilitation program directly from the hospital/trauma center where they were treated and stabilized to prevent further damage to the spinal cord. Once at Burke, an intensive rehabilitation phase begins.

Physical therapy is crucial at this stage, because many of the gains the patient will make in movement happen during this time. Strengthening muscles and improving flexibility shapes the individual’s ability to make ongoing progress afterwards. Continue Reading »